The Toys for Tots drive\u2019s barrels and boxes are out, silently calling for people to take a little time, a little money, and help brighten the holidays for a needy child with a gift \u2014 a doll, a little car or train, some crayons and paper for drawing and coloring. Or maybe something that bleeps, flashes and needs batteries. \u201cLast year we collected and purchased over 32,000 new toys and distributed them to needy kids in Fairfield County,\u201d said Henry Norley, chairman of the Northwest Fairfield County Toys for Tots campaign. Toys for Tots is a nationwide program affiliated with the Marine Corps and its veterans, and the Ridgefield Detachment of the Marine Corps League (MCL) has been conducting an annual Toys for Tots campaign since 1972. \u201cThe mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted,\u201d the Marines say. \u201cThe primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. The Northwest Fairfield County Toys for Tots campaign run by Ridgefield\u2019s Marine Corps League has grown over the years and now covers 10 towns in Fairfield County: Ridgefield, Redding, Weston, Wilton, Brookfield, Bethel, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, and Newtown. \u00a0 Norley said in an email to The Press that the MCL will be accepting toys at the more than 20 collection stations around town until Friday, Dec. 15. \u201cWe stop collecting toys about a week before Christmas so that the charities, churches and family agencies we support have time to get the toys to the parents and kids before holidays,\u201d Norley said. The Ridgefield Police Department and The Toy Chest shop on Main Street are supporting the effort with a \u201cstuff a cruiser\u201d toy drive Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 to 2 as part of the Holiday Stroll event put on by the Downtown Ridgefield merchants association. The Toy Chest will be offering a 10% discount on toys purchased for the drive. \u201cWe will be collecting new, unwrapped toys that will be turned over to the Marine Corps League Ridgefield detachment for distribution,\u201d said Capt. Jeff Kreitz, the Ridgefield Police Department\u2019s public information officer. The MCL\u2019s toy collection is taking place in the following locations around Ridgefield: the Ridgefield Fire Department main firehouse on Catoonah Street; the Ridgefield Police Department on Governor Street; Fairfield County Bank\u2019s main office at 150 Danbury Road and also branch offices, and its insurance office on Main Street; Bissell Pharmacy on Governor Street; Coldwell Banker real estate at 398 Main Street; Edward Jones financial services at 86 Danbury Road; the Marine Corps League at 31 Halpin Lane; Reynolds & Rowella Accounting, 90 Grove Street; The Ridgefield Press office, 16 Bailey Avenue; Pamby Motors on Danbury Road; The Toy Chest, 441 Main Street; The UPS Store, 54 Danbury Road; William Raveis Real Estate, 426 Main Street; St. Mary Parish School; and all Ridgefield public elementary schools.