Bowling Green, Ky. (WBKO) --- What better way to give to children in need than purchasing a toy and handing it to a hero?
The Toys For Tots annual "Hand It To A Hero" event took place today at Walmart in Bowling Green.
Heroes including the Warren County Sheriff's office and jail, Bowling Green Police and Fire Department, WKU Police Department, Kentucky State Police, the Marine Corps League, and Recruiters.
The community got the chance to shake a hero's hand and thank them for their service while shopping for a toy and handing it to a hero on their way out.
"Our community has a lot of need, every year that need grows. I started about 10 years ago and we did 200 kids, last year we did 6,223 kids so that tells you that the need continues to grow," said Toys For Tots Coordinator Janel Doyle.
With the generosity of the community, less fortunate children have a toy to open this Christmas.
One local family buys a toy every year for the Hand It To A Hero event because they just want to give back.
"We're so blessed and we love to be able to help other people when we can and we want to teach him (our son) the spirit of giving instead of just receiving at Christmas," said the Whiteside family, from Bowling Green.
Toys are provided for children ages 0 - 12 with monetary donations welcome.
Saturday afternoon, the Toys For Tots collected 3 truckloads full of toys for children during the holidays.