Toys for Tots starts distribution early in response to pandemic

Asking for donations to make sure there are enough for holiday needs

October 9, 2020

Photo credit army.mil

You usually think of the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Campaign as a Christmas event, but this year it's already bringing joy to children struggling through the pandemic.

Gunnery Sgt. Jared Archer tells KMOX they're putting some of the toys left over from last Christmas, to good use. "The Toys for Tots program has given out over 20,000 toys already, from the beginning of the pandemic until now," says Archer. "We're going to do that here in the community, so, if anybody out there is really hurting feel free to reach out to us and we will do what we can to help support."

Archer says because of COVID they're not able to take requests from individuals but are going through non-profits.

He says the early distribution of toys will make it even more important to collect more for the holidays. "Our slogan last year was 'No Child Left Behind' and we're going to continue that into this year's campaign. Even if it's just one toy, one is better than none."

The local campaign collected over 80,000 toys last year, according to Archer, which supported 41,000 families.

Toys for Tots has drop off locations across the country, to collect new, unwrapped toys. For information on other ways you can help go to the local Toys for Tots website or Facebook page.

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