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ABC 6 annual Toys for Tots drive collects thousands of toys

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More than 25,000 toys have been collected for Toys for Tots. Nearly half of those came from the ABC 6 single-day event. (WSYX/WTTE)

More than 25,000 toys have been collected for Toys for Tots. Nearly half of those came from the ABC 6 single-day event. The Marine Corps Reserve and volunteers were hard at work sorting the thousands of toys.

Taronda Curry is a longtime volunteer with Toys for Tots. When it comes to sorting day, she’s on a mission.

“If anyone sees an avenger action figure, please pull it out for me,” Curry yells to fellow volunteers as she goes through all the toys.

Curry carefully selects each toy, making sure to get it just right.

“I found one,” said Curry.

Going through the thousands of toys is no easy task. The Marine Corps Reserve says this is the best single-day event they have ever had.

“12,220 toys were collected at the event,” said Sergeant Ricardo Bernal, Toys for Tots Coordinator with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. “We collected, in monetary donations, about $4,000."

Local charities and organizations take in applications for toys from families in need of assistance. From there, they provide Toys for Tots with a list of the ages of kids in that household, and volunteers sort the toys based on that list.

“Every agency that picks up the toys once they are sorted is a 501c3 verified through the IRS, they are all non-profits, they are here to pick up the toys and bring them to the kids,” said Sergeant Bernal.

Curry has been volunteering for nearly two decades, so she’s seen the impact of the toy drive first hand.

“The feeling of just being able to help someone through this tough time, is more than I could buy in the store,” said Curry.

If you’re in need of a toy, there’s still time. One of the organization's Toys for Tots partners with, Giggles & Coos, hosts a big event the Saturday before Christmas. Kids can walk through and pick out their own toys. All families can stop by, toys are for newborns up to 18-year-olds. You can find more about toy assistance here.

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