Toys for Tots Christmas drive

Most anyone who has spent much time around Caleb Edwards, one of the principles at Capital Invoice, has heard him talk about his involvement in the local chapter of the Jaycees, and one of the reasons for that is the pride Caleb takes in being able to give back to the community through this civic club.

Especially at the holidays, the Jaycees of Athens are actively supporting those in the community who are struggling, and one of the ways the Jaycees do this is by partnering with the United States Marine Corps Reserve to help the local Toys for Tots Christmas toy drive.

“I’ve been helping the Jaycees with the Toys for Tots for a number of years now, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be involved in this,” Caleb said. “One of the things I do is go around to our drop locations and pick up toys that have been donated, and it really is heartwarming to me to see the generosity people have when I find a Toys for Tots box full of donated toys.

“I know every one of those toys is going to find its way to a kid who might not otherwise have a lot of gifts under the tree, and it’s very moving to be able to play a role in making that happen.”

Last year alone, the Athens area Toys for Tots campaign provided Christmas gifts to almost 7,500 kids in Clarke, Oconee, Greene, Madison, and Jackson counties.

Nationally, Toys for Tots is a program of the USMC Reserve, but in the Athens community the Jaycees lend support to help the Marine Reserves with the local effort.

The Jaycees (United States Junior Chamber) is a training and civic organization for people 18 to 40 years old.

If you are interested in donating to Toys for Tots this year, you can visit, or if you’d like to drop off a toy at one of the local drop locations you can also do that. Toys for Tots asks that donated toys be unwrapped, new toys.

For more information on Toys for Tots click here.

Athens Area Drop Locations

America's Thrift Store

Omni East

Bank South

Burton & Burton

Toys R Us

Athens First bank branches

Alps UPS

Chicken Salad Chick

Jittery's Joes Alps

Sam's Club

Stein Mart

Benson Hospitality

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Express

Beef 'O' Brady's


Publix East Side


Georgia Center for Sight

Taqueria Tsunami

Anytime Fitness

Big Lots

Brett’s Casual American restaurant

Classic City Orthodontics

Oconee State Bank branches

StoreSmart Watkinsville

Georgia Square Mall

USMC Recruiting Office

Chandlee Jewelers

Ellis Pain Center

Athens Diagnostic Center

ACC Public Library

Thrive Assisted Living

Dollar General-Winterville

Jennings Mill Country Club

La Fiesta

Walmart East Side

Bell's Grocery

Chase Street Self Storage

Subway Prince Ave.

Athens Personal Fitness

Landmark Properties

Athens Pulmonary

Dollar General Prince Ave.

State Farm Paul Lowell

CVS Butlers Crossing (Oconee)

Premier Dance Studio

Tires Plus

University Tire

Jittery Joe's Watkinsville

Steve Duncan StateFarm

Watkinsville Police Dept.

Watkinsville Post Office

Publix Watkinsville

Walmart Westside

Five Points Bottle Shop

Epps Bride UPS

Taqueria Tsunami

University 16 Cinema

Athens Printing Shop

State Farm Mike D.

Academy Sports and Outdoors

Athens Ford

Spring Hill

Athena Hospice

Blue Laser Group

Hilton Garden Inn

Plum Creek


Winterville City Hall

Athens Chevrolet

Sign Bros

Athens Regional Medical Center

Landmark Hospital


Walgreen's Hawthorne

Above Barre


Omni West

Smoothie King

Edward Jones Gaines School Road

Publix Westside

St. Mary's Daniells Bridge

St. Mary's Homecare

St. Mary's Hospital

5 Below


Fox's Pizza

Studio M

Tate Student Center

Terry College

UGA Alumni

UGA Animal and Dairy Science

UGA College of Education, Staff Representative Group

UGA Department of Education

UGA Enterprise Information Technology Services

UGA Office of College Advancement

UGA Office of Faculty Affairs

UGA Office of the Registrar

UGA University Health Center

UGA Veterans Associatio