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 »

“Unstuff” the Bus

EUGENE, Ore. — Food for Lane County and Toys for Tots have been collecting donations for the past two days. On Sunday afternoon, volunteers helped unload an LTD bus full of food and toys. Volunteers separated the food and the toys, sending the toys with marines who came to unload for Toys for Tots. Food … Continue reading »

Marines Help Nearly 2,000 Families

EUGENE, Ore. — This weekend, Local Marines handed out toys to nearly 2,000 families in Springfield, Oakridge and Cottage Grove. Your donations helped those families, and the nearly 4,000 kids who now have presents under the Christmas tree. Consider this the softer side of the Marines, trying out toys before they end up in the … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots Finishes Distribution

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — Sunday was the last opportunity for Lane County parents to shop for gifts for their kids thanks to the generosity of local community members and Toys for Tots. Trying to reach everyone they could this year, the group added another location in Cottage Grove. It was the same scene as Saturday … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots Begins Distribution

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — At least two months and about 34,000 collected toys later, Toys for Tots was finally ready to help bring some Christmas joy and spirit into local homes. The group kicked off toy distribution bright and early Saturday morning. Despite the cold and the rain, parents gathered by the hundreds outside Maple Elementary … Continue reading »

Marines Prep for Toy Distribution

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Toys for Tots will get handed out Saturday. Distribution is at Maple Elementary in Springfield. So Marines and volunteers are busy Friday filling the school with all the donations we collected over the past few weeks. It’s a lot of work for a lot of good. “We have about 40,000 toys. That … Continue reading »

First-Ever KEZI 9 News Mobile Tweetup

EUGENE, Ore. — Thursday started bright and early with the guys who are used to getting called in to help. Instead of responding to an emergency, the crew at Eugene Fire Station 10 responded to the need in the community. They helped Staff Sergeant Thadd Pooler and a volunteer load the Marines’ van with donations … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots Mobile Tweetup

KEZI 9 News will host its first mobile Tweetup this year in an effort to boost donations to the station’s annual Toys for Tots campaign. KEZI 9 News’ Brandi Smith will be driving around to designated spots from the map below in Eugene and Springfield to pickup your donations for Toys for Tots. If you … Continue reading »

Big Response at Last All-Day Toy Drive

EUGENE, Ore. — Tuesday’s Toys for Tots toys drive response rivaled what we saw last week at the Mohawk Bi-Mart. Since it was cold and drizzly for most of the afternoon, a popular form of donation was nicknamed “The Drive-by.” A lot of people just pulled up in front of the donation tent and unloaded … Continue reading »

Sanipac Builds Bikes for Christmas

EUGENE, Ore. — Lots of us might remember wanting a new bike for Christmas, and thanks to several local organizations that wish can come true for more children than ever before. KEZI 9 News photojournalist Kathleen Spencer takes a look at Sanipac’s efforts to build bikes for kids in need.

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