SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Thank you to everyone who donated to Toys for Tots this year. Last year’s goal was surpassed. More than 22,000 toys were collected for the Marines and donations are still coming in.
“In the past week, it’s been about 18,000 toys we’ve given out to kids in the community,” said US Marine Corps Sgt. Brandon Coffin.
About 16,000 of those were handed out this weekend when parents lined up outside the Springfield Armory to get Christmas presents for their kids, and there are still some left over.
“It’s really great. As you can see, we still have a lot of toys left over and we’re still giving toys out to all these organizations,” Coffin said.
One of those organizations is St. Vincent de Paul. Crews loaded up their truck with toys for kids of all ages from newborns to teenagers. But as soon as those toys head out, more come in.
Donations are still trickling in from local Bi-Marts to the Marines are working to get them back out into the community.
“Multiple churches and schools. We’ve been giving a lot of books out, things like that,” Coffin said.
On Christmas Eve, boxes of toys will head to local hospitals to kids who won’t be able to go home for the holiday.
“It’s great to get ‘em and it’s great to give ‘em. It’s great to see the smiling faces on the kids,” Coffin said.