Toys for Tots: Michiana donates toys to local children in need

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Once again, WNDU-TV has joined forces with the people of Michiana to support the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

This is our 25th year, and 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 427,638 toys for needy children in Michiana. But help is needed every year.

"I’m going on 20 years with Toys for tots, and it's really special to me,” said Jason Pursehouse, store director of the Grape Road Meijer. “As a father, to see my children with that, to have the presents under the tree - we have to make sure we take care of every child we have in this community."

This year's collection drive took place on Saturday from 7-10 a.m.

The 16 News Now team was spread throughout Michiana at locations in South Bend, Elkhart, Warsaw and Stevensville, and countless members of our community joined us as volunteers.

Watch the attached videos to see some of the highlights from our Toys for Tots collection drive.

With your help, 16 News Now collected more than 14,000 toys and raised more than $31,000 to buy even more.

For more information about how to donate or receive a toy, visit wndu.com/toysfortots.