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.

Toys for Tots Donations Pour In

EUGENE, Ore. — We’ve seen a huge response to our second Toys for Tots Tuesday of the season. Last week was a little slow. We only filled the Marines’ van twice. This week there was a huge change. We stuffed it full twice before 2 p.m. Bi-Mart members stopped by to empty their carts overflowing … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots: A Lesson in Giving

EUGENE, Ore. — On the first of three Toys for Tots Tuesdays, KEZI 9 News partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps and Bi-Mart to collect as many donations as we could for local kids in need. For one group of local children, it was lesson in giving. Taking a group of kids down a toy … Continue reading »

Toys for Tots Sets Up at Shopko

EUGENE, Ore. — If you heard sirens and saw flashing lights at the Shopko in Eugene Sunday, there was no need to be alarmed. It was all for a good cause. The Shopko parking lot on Chad Drive was where Toys for Tots held its annual donation event and it was filled with dozens of … Continue reading »

17th Annual Stuff the Bus This Weekend

EUGENE, Ore. — Food For Lane County teamed up with Toys for Tots for the 17th annual Stuff the Bus event. This year, the bus will be at Walmart stores in Eugene and Springfield. Friday morning, donors at the one on Green Acres Road helped fill up the back of the bus. It’s not too … Continue reading »

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