With Christmas right around the corner, NewsCenter 16’s annual Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing.
Thursday afternoon, a handful of marines gathered at the Meijer on Bremen highway to collect games and gadgets for children in the Mishawaka community.
Earlier this year, service members held a Mud Run to raise money for the Toys for Tots initiative. Thursday, the $15,000 that was raised was put to good use.
With help from family members and some local volunteers, the group successfully filled dozens of carts with toys -- all in an effort to make the holidays more enjoyable for thousands of youngsters.
“It's a lot of work but at the end seeing the kids face or even the family's face when they receive the toy at Christmas. There are no words that can describe it,” said Bowling.
Now they are urging Michiana residents to contribute to the campaign, too.
"We take monetary donations if you want, checks made out to ‘Toys for Tots’,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony Bowling, the 2012 Toys for Tots Coordinator. “But we encourage them to actually go buy the toy that it is in the store, off the shelf, so that they have a more personal meaning behind it. They actually went and got it, took it off the shelf, and delivered to one of our boxes,”
Saturday marks the 18th year for WNDU's Toys for Tots drive.
The toys are then distributed by 21 participating agencies in Michiana.
Please keep in mind that any new, unwrapped toy is appreciated. But the need is greatest for infants and
You can donate during NewsCenter 16 Saturday morning from 7 - 10 a.m.
NewsCenter 16 will be live from four sites around Michiana: New City Hall in Warsaw, Concord Mall in Elkhart, Orchards Mall in Benton Harbor and at the WNDU Studios in South Bend.
For information about how to sign up to receive toys, click on the banner on the WNDU homepage.