Toys for Tots needs more last minute donations for children in need
Jennifer Auh reports on the marine's final push to get people to donate toys for families in need. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Today’s 6 and FOX9 has teamed up with Toys for Tots help make sure every child has a Merry Christmas. However, as the days to donate toys wind down, the number of families in need continues to grow.
The countdown began with just a few days left to gather donations. This weekend, Marine Corp officers were out and about at different Walmart stores for a final push to encourage folks to donate.
The Toys for Tots program brought in Santa Claus, a Nampa fire engine and a tank for children to climb on and explore, right outside the Walmart Supercenter in Nampa.
To keep people warm, the marines were serving hot chocolate. To also keep the families full, while they enjoyed the event, the servicemen were also selling hot dogs and chips.
Organizers said the number of families needing help with Christmas presents have gone up this year, compared to last year. Right now, they are still direly in need of donations.
The last update we've recieved from the marines shows that the Toys for Tots program has collected more than 43,000 toys, but still needs around 15,000 more presents for families in need.