You probably don't need a reminder that the holiday season is as much about giving as receiving. One of the best ways to bring joy to someone you don't know this holiday season is to donate to Toys for Tots, the Marines' annual toy drive. Here's a good place to start: The Ugly Mug, located on Eighth Street SE across the street from the Marine Barracks, is hosting a special Toys for Tots fundraising party Friday at 7 p.m.
Bring new, unwrapped toys and you can trade them for Samuel Adams beers, Angry Orchard cider or raffle tickets that could win Capitals tickets, gift certificates from local restaurants, corn hole sets and other prizes. A donation of two toys gets you a pint of your choice; four toys gets a pint and five raffle tickets; eight toys gets two pints and 10 raffle tickets, and so on.
Can't make it this Friday but still want to help? The Ugly Mug has a donation box where you can drop off unwrapped toys whenever the bar is open. Other bars currently hosting Toys for Tots collection boxes include District 2, District of Pi, the Front Page, Grillfish, Matchbox (Barracks Row), Nellie's, Number Nine and the Pig.