SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Folks from American Legion Posts 357 and 284 were busy collecting toy donations on Saturday to give to families in need this holiday season.
Police officers, Santa Claus, and even a Tyrannosaurus rex were out along Sample Street in South Bend this afternoon to collect donations from drivers passing by for this year's Toys for Tots collection.
Last year, they helped over eight thousand children ad filled up 18 collection bins, providing each child with four to six presents. They are hoping to exceed far beyond that this year.
They say the turnout was great this year and they love to see the kids' reactions when they receive their gifts.
"We were all kids once, and you know how important that is just to see a smile on a kid's face and just give that light to them," says Jeff Wells of the Sons of American Legion Post 357. "You can't beat that feeling."
In the meantime, we would like to remind you that WNDU's Toys for Tots collection drive will take place on Saturday, Dec. 2. We will be broadcasting live in the parking lot at our studios from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
You also can drop off toys at Concord Mall in Elkhart, City Hall in Warsaw, or the Martin's Super Market in Stevensville.
If you would like to request a toy for your family, visit this website and select one agency and go to the listed location during their sign-up dates. You will need to provide the following: proof of identity; proof of household; birth certificates for all children in the household; and Social Security cards for all heads of household. Applying at more than one Toys for Tots agency is prohibited.
For more information on the program, visit the official national Toys for Tots website.