Last Day of Toy Distribution

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — The early blast of winter weather was tough on everyone especially on Toys for Tots collection. Organizers say it’s been a busy and worrisome distribution weekend for them, because each day they were concerned they wouldn’t have all they wanted and needed to serve the families in our community this year. … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots Begins Distribution

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — More than 700 Toys for Tots tickets were handed out Friday to Eugene and Springfield parents, many of whom lined up all day Saturday to get their hands on some great gifts for their kids. Hundreds of parents were lined up outside and inside down at the Springfield Armory waiting for their … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots Marine Toy Buy Event

EUGENE, Ore. — Volunteers bought thousands of dollars worth of toys Wednesday to gear up for this year’s Toys for Tots drive. About a dozen volunteers with the Marine Corps and Eugene Fire went shopping at the Toys R Us in Eugene. They spent $10,000 at the annual Toy Buy event. Organizers say the gifts … Continue reading »

Local Marines Return Home

EUGENE, Ore. — A group of local Marines reunited with their families Friday. The men were greeted at the airport by three local VFW posts, freedom rider volunteers and then escorted to the reserve center by many law enforcement officers. Spencer Curtman, Chris Norris, Ben Nelson and Master Sgt. Richard Thomas spent the last seven … Continue reading »

Black Oregon WWII Marine Honored

BEND, Ore. — An Oregon Marine received a Congressional Gold Medal Thursday. Jonathan West was one of the first black Marines in World War II serving in the Montford Unit. In 1942, President Roosevelt issued an order allowing blacks to serve. In June, Congress honored those Marines with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian … Continue reading »