He has been donated, auctioned off and finally given away.
Tickle me Elmo was given to WNDU as an auction item to benefit Toys for Tots.
Wednesday, he finally found a permanent home with some kids that are sure to keep him rolling.
The Lee family is taking every chance they can to laugh this holiday season. This Christmas will be tough for the young family.
Husband, father and Marine Sargent John Lee is serving is second tour in Iraq, while his wife Kelly prepares for Christmas with out him.
“You just get up every day and take care of the kids and try not to scream your head off,” says Kelly.
Kelly says her husband calls almost everyday, and talks about missing Christmas, and their fourth wedding anniversary, the day after Christmas.
It’s the first time the two have been apart during the holidays since they were married.
Young John Jr. “JT” and Mercy miss their dad too.
“They have little fake cell phones, and Mercy constantly carries hers around. She says that dad is in the phone, and she’ll pick the phone up and talk to it,” explains Kelly.
One bright spot for Kelly this holiday season has been her involvement with the Marine Reserves Toys for Tots program, including WNDU's Toys for Tots drive.
During that show, WNDU auctioned off one of the new tickle me Elmo dolls.
The highest bidder pledged $1000 to Toys for Tots to win Elmo. That bidder than gave Elmo back to us, to find him a good home. Wednesday, we gave him to the Lee's.
This Elmo is one gift that just keeps on giving, and now he is giving giggles to the Lee kids.
The Toys for Tots drive ended last week. The Marine Reserve unit was able to fill and get out most of their orders last week, and is wrapping up operations at the warehouse.