Toys for Tots: Help Michiana children have a happy holidays

For 23 years, NewsCenter 16 has joined forces with the people of Michiana to support the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. It's a tradition we cherish and look forward to every year. With your support over the years, we have helped the Marines collect more than 404,818 toys for needy children in Michiana. But, the need is still great.

This year’s WNDU Toys for Tots collection drive will take place on Saturday, December 2. From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., we will be broadcasting live at the following locations: The WNDU Studios in South Bend, Concord Mall in Elkhart, and Martin's Super Market in Stevensville. The drop-off location in Warsaw returns to City Hall.

Feel free to drop off your donation at one of these locations or wherever you see Toys for Tots collection bins throughout the community.

Toys for Tots FAQ
Where can I drop off a toy for Toys for Tots?
You can drop off toys at a number of collection locations right now throughout Michiana wherever you see Toys for Tots collection bins.
You can also drop off toys at the WNDU-TV Studios, 54516 State Road 933, South Bend. If you’d like to donate money, you can find more information at the official Toys for Tots website

What kind of toy would you like me to donate?
Any new, unwrapped toy will be appreciated. Keep in mind, toys for younger children and older children are often in high demand. So please consider these types of toys as you make your toy selections.

As a business leader, what can I do to help the Toys for Tots drive?
You play a key role by allowing the Marines to place collection bins in your stores and by bringing the toys you've collected so far to one of the drop off locations.

Who gets the toys that are donated locally?
Local kids get the toys. For example, toys donated in the St. Joseph County area are distributed to children in the St. Joseph County area.

Who distributes the toys?
As Christmas nears, Marines distribute toys themselves and enlist the aid of local social service agencies -- and churches -- to help out during the Christmas season.

If I need a toy, who do I contact?
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.

Where can I get more details about the Toys for Tots program?
Visit the official national Toys for Tots website.