While many people prepare for the holidays this season, many folks are working hard to make sure those less fortunate are also enjoying the season.
This year marks the 12th year of NewsCenter 16's involvement with the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.
Once again, the Marines are calling this years drive a big success.
Thanks to generous donations from the Michiana community, as of this weekend, the Marines have collected nearly 16,000 toys. Plus, more than $11,000 in cash donations.
“Very generous country, very generous people showing up early this morning and dropping off some donations along with lots of toys,” says Sgt. Morales, U.S. Marines.
From the community of Warsaw to Benton Harbor to Elkhart and here at our WNDU Studios, hundreds of people took time out of their Saturday morning to drop off a toy donation making many children's Christmas' a little merrier this season.
“I went shopping for toys and did it because we don't have kids and I can afford to do it, something we like to play, Toys for Tots game,” explains Nancy Bevis, donator.
The family of Corporal Aaron Seal, who lost its Marine in Iraq earlier this year, also made a donation in his memory, “He loved Toys for Tots and doing things for people. He would love this, this is a real blessing that we can do this in his name.”
So thanks to the generous donations from countless people it is evident the season of giving is alive and well in Michiana.
The Marines are still collecting toys until December 18th.
For a list of drop-off sites, go to ToysforTotsSouthBend.org for more information.