Toys For Tots Gears Up For Annual Toy Drive

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Christmas is right around the corner and many people are already buying gifts for their loved ones. Toys for Tots is also preparing to give gifts to needy children, but they need your help.

The children is what Christmas is all about and I think people realize that," said Tom Harris, of the Marine Corp. League.

Tom Harris says he's hoping to see toys overflow in this year's bins.

Patrick Moss, father of eight-month-old Ellais, is gladly doing his part to fill the collection bin.

"We just actually wanted to donate to Toys For Tots because there are other people who are less fortunate than we are and we just wanted to help out anyway possible," Moss said.

Last year, the area Toys For Tots collected 8,000 toys which they gave out locally.

Harris says even though he doesn't get paid to do this, the children's smiles are his payment.

"I guess my favorite time of the year is the final wrap-up on Christmas morning. We go out with the local fire department and actually deliver to households," Harris recalled.

Toys For Tots collects toys for children ranging in age from birth to 15-years-old.

This is the sixth year for the program in our area, and every year more and more toys are donated.

Still, Harris says every year, the demand for these toys always exceeds the supply, which is why it's so important to donate.

Harris says its easy to to pick up an extra toy when you're out shopping for the holidays.

"When you're buying your child's toys, buy an extra toy, drop it in the box. We'll see that it gets to a needy child," Harris said.

There are currently toy collection bins set up at Toys 'R Us.

Toys for Tots will also have collection bins set up at stores throughout South-Central Kentucky.

Toy collection will continue until December 9, while monetary donations will be accepted until December 24.

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