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Preparations under way for annual Toys for Tots drive

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{ }ABC6/FOX28 to team up with the Marine Corps Reserve for the Annual Toys for Tots Drive. (WSYX/WTTE)

It is the time of year for ABC6/FOX28 to team up with the Marine Corps Reserve for the Annual Toys for Tots Drive.

It is just a few days away, and it isn't possible without help from the community.

"Nothing is better than seeing hope in a kid's eyes," said SSgt Kyle Harper, "once you see that hope you know they have something to look forward to."

The mission for these Marines, to help something like 35,000 kids in our community.

"Some families are not able to celebrate Christmas because of financial or whatever is going on in their life," said Ssgt Harper.

With the American flag flying above it all, the toys are stored in a warehouse that Staff Sergeant Kyle Harper said will soon be packed.

"I would say this is not even an eighth," said SSgt Harper.

He said any donation is welcome, but they could really use items for older kids.

"The biggest are usually our older groups eleven to fourteen, boys and girls, those are hard to fill," said SSgt Harper, "and zero to two those are sometimes hard to fill."

At Tansky Toyota on Sawmill Road, one of the many drop-off locations there has been a steady flow of people dropping off all kinds of toys, new and unwrapped.

"Both of these boxes are full and I know we have more coming," said Tansky's General Manager Johanna Williams.

Sending a reminder, she said, of just how great our community can be.

"It is not surprising that so many people have been generous with their time and bringing in toys for the kids," said Williams.

The toys will go to charities and then be distributed to families just in time for the holidays.

Organizers said it is too late at this point to apply for assistance.

Items have to be new and unwrapped. The advice is to buy toys that don’t require other items that families might not have in order to work.

The staff sergeant recommends arts and crafts.