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Parents Line Up for Tickets

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Toys for Tots collection campaign will be over Saturday after the Springfield Parade, but now comes the really fun part.

At 10 a.m. Friday, more than a hundred people were lined up at the Springfield Armory, to get a ticket for this weekend’s toy handout five hours before the doors opened. Some say there was confusion on some of the flyers and on the Toys for Tots website.

Mom Brenda Evans says, “A lot of parents got upset about it and I can understand them getting upset and not wanting to be here for that, but at the same time, they can’t really get mad. They’re helping us. They’re giving us gifts for our kids that we can’t afford on our own.”

Distribution starts Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at the Springfield Armory for Eugene-Springfield residents and then at 5 p.m. for Oakridge families at the fire department. The Cottage Grove toy pick-up will happen Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Cottage Grove fire house.

Parents need to have original identification cards and mail proving Lane County residency. Families will also need to bring the children’s birth certificate or social security cards and any other legal paperwork that includes both the parent(s) and children’s names.

For more information, you check out the Toys for Tots website.

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