December 25, 2013
If Santa wasn’t able to stop by your house last night, organizers from the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots gave a helping hand during their toy giveaway.
“I got a baby doll and a lunchbox,” says Laanjah Wingsfield, one of the many children who picked out a gift Christmas day.
Kids of all ages enjoyed a brand new toy thanks to the Toys for Tots giveaway.
Organizers gathered on Cherry Ave. in Charlottesville for the event, sorting thousands of toys from Barbie’s to video games for children in need this holiday season.
“If there's somebody who is not eligible for assistance from any of the agencies, I can say to them, come in do a few hours of volunteer work and exchange for that you can get toys for your family,” says Toys for Tots organizer, Angie Jefferson. “So it makes me feel really good knowing that I can reach people who ordinarily wouldn't get any assistance.”
Toy collection bins were set up around Central Virginia from Charlottesville to Farmville and nearly 10,000 toys were donated.
Many of those toys were already distributed before Christmas, but on Wednesday they allowed children to come in and pick out a toy for themselves.
“I got an Angry Birds blanket, and I got this police thing and a telescope so I can look at the stars,” says Nikiah Wingfield.
Just a few of the many gifts children got a chance to pick from during this year's toys for tots giveaway. Parents were also pleased with the gifts, and hoped that a gift would lift the Christmas spirit.
“Those who can't afford and your kids are sad, if you come over here they can rejoice and get what they want,” says Harris Gaye, parent and Charlottesville resident.
Whether they wanted a doll or a stuffed animal, children were able to pick out what they wanted and leave with a smile on their face this Christmas, thanks to Toys for Tots.