Stocking Up For Toys For Tots

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Updated: 11/09/2011 4:15 pm
As Christmas gets closer, Toys For Tots is swinging into full gear.

Tuesday, members of the Marine Corps Reserve spent the afternoon at "Toys R Us" stocking up on toys for those less fortunate.

"Its a good thing to get a needy child a toy. It gives them a good start on life. It gives them a good foundation for the rest of the year," says Staff Sergeant Justin Wiley.

So these Marines are going from aisle to aisle, grabbing up toys for those less fortunate.

"It's a horrible thing to be poor on Christmas, to not have any toys to go and get underneath the tree. So we try to provide a Christmas gift for each child."

As a part of "Toys For Tots", these Marines will spend $6000 Tuesday on toys.

Every year the program expands its reach in Central Kentucky.

"We doubled our toys and the monetary donations from last yea. We collected 28,000 toys and raised over $20,000 in cash donations," says SSgt. Wiley.

It's fun for the Marines as they pick out toys they like as well.

"G.I. Joes just because I was too poor as a kid to have one and Lego's, because they actually help build your mind and help build different things," he adds.

As toys are packed into a large moving van, the Marines say the giving of toys is not just a joyous event for the families receiving the gifts.

"I've seen people break down and cry, totally emotional. It gives you a really good feeling in your heart. So the hours that you're working... 20 hours a day, 7 days a week... that one second that you see that person have that emotion, it fills your heart with joy. It's a worthwhile cause."

You can give to the "Toys For Tots" campaign, by donating at S & S Tire locations, plus Central Bank, "Toys R Us", "Babies R Us", and here at WTVQ on Man O' War Boulevard.

You can give through December 12th.

The toy distribution is December 19th.
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