Toys for Tots is now taking applications from families hoping to receive toys for their children this holiday season.

This year's "Toy Factory" is near Dillard's at Citadel Mall.

Sign-ups will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 13.

Applicants need to bring their own picture identification, Social Security card, and birth certificates/Social Security cards for all children applying. Proof of residence and two phone numbers also are required.

Children to age 15 may be signed up to receive toys.

Any organizations wishing to apply needs to bring identification, the organization's tax ID number and/or charter for the organization and address, and a list of recipient children by age and sex.

Run by volunteers from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Charleston, the local Toys for Tots program has been helping families in the area for more than 50 years. All donations collected in this area stay here.

Groups or organizations wishing to donate to the program, to volunteer or to sponsor an event may contact Staff Sgt. Evan Ault at; Toys For Tots c/o Staff Sgt. Evan Ault, 1050 Remount Road, Building 3155, Charleston, SC 29406 or via e-mail at evan.ault@usmc.mil.

For recorded information about how to apply, call 926-8227.

For information on the National Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign, visit www.toysfortots.org.