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 turn at the Toys for Tots store.
Mom of two, Amanda Pelkey, was one of those parents. She said, “I’m shopping for my daughter Abigail, who’s nine and my son James and he’s six and a half.”
And she believes shopping for the perfect presents is tougher than you think. She said, “My kids are at an age where they’re kind of in between. So it’s hard to know, you know, like they’re a little bit older. They don’t like the Lincoln Logs anymore, but they’re not quite old enough for the make-up sets or the hair things.”
But they’ve got plenty of help. For as busy as it may seem up front, it’s a whole other story in the back. The toys fly off the shelves pretty quickly, so that’s why Toys for Tots has so many volunteers behind the scenes restocking every spare moment.
While the donated toys are what make up this event. It’s the donated time that makes it all happen. And volunteers couldn’t be happier about helping out a good cause.
Eugene-Springfield Firefighter and Toys for Tots volunteer Paul Corwin says, “I really enjoy doing stuff like this. My favorite part is seeing the smiles on the all the faces when you give them the gifts.”
And of course, those they’re helping, couldn’t be more grateful.
Pelkey says, “I think it’s great. I hope it continues. There’s a lot of needy families out there that just fall on hard times and I’m just thankful for it.”
Toy distribution continues through Sunday. Organizers will be ready for parents at 8 a.m. at the Springfield Armory and 11 a.m. at the Cottage Grove fire house.
For more information, go to the Toys for Tots website.