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Siblings Joe Kellum with his son, Finn, and Annissa Reas have three boxes of toys they acquired at their business, Kellum Imprints and Trophies Inc., in Ramsey, for the second-round pickup of Toys for Tots. The toys will be distributed to area children in need. Photo by Leslie Radcliff

Kellum Imprints making a big impact

December 12, 2012
It's that time of year again.

Christmas trees have been seen in department stores since the end of October, and, if you have children, you probably received a list for Santa well before Thanksgiving. But what do you do with that letter to Santa when funds are tight?

That's where Toys for Tots, a program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, comes in. Since 1947, Toys for Tots has been distributing toys to children whose parents cannot afford to purchase them.

Although there's not a Marine Corps Reserve presence in Harrison County, the toy program is available.

Toys for Tots has been working in conjunction with local businesses and organizations in order to fulfill its mission since 1996 and, as of 2009, the program had collected and distributed nearly 500 million toys.

Kellum Imprints and Trophies Inc., located in Ramsey, is doing its part to further the reach of Toys for Tots.

Joe Kellum and his sister, Annissa Reas, have been operating the business since 1991. Until six years ago, they worked out of Depauw. Now, the business is in Ramsey, and this is the first year they have participated in the program.

"A schoolmate of Joe's and mine, we saw that he was needing a business out in this area for a Toys for Tots bin, so we called him," Reas said. "He immediately got back to us and told us we would be a perfect fit."

They are working with Jason Fessel, senior vice commandant of the Southeast Marines, Marine Corps League, Indiana Det. No. 1394. This detachment serves Floyd, Harrison, Clark, Scott and Washington counties.

The siblings are no strangers to helping others. In the past, they have collected school supplies for area students and also have had a book drive. Both Reas and Kellum agree that the community has been a great supporter of their many charitable endeavors.

"The first pick-up was over 60 toys, and this second pick-up is going to surpass that easily," Reas said. "As long as our amount of toys makes the Toys for Tots people happy, we are going to keep doing this."

The best part about this, the siblings said, is that the toys are distributed to the community in which they are collected.

To donate to Toys for Tots, take any new, unwrapped toy to Kellum Imprints, located at 1675 Highway 64 NW, during business hours, which are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

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