One more month for Toys for Tots

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Published: Nov. 17, 2022 at 4:44 PM CST
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(25 News Now) - There’s only one more month to donate toys for the Toys for Tots drive.

The annual drive ends its collection on December 16, giving time for the sorting and delivering of toys. While the Marine Corps Reserve is still seeking donations, they have a stockpile of items donated last year that they were unable to deliver.

“The amount of toys we got last year was way more than I could give out,” Gunnery Sergeant and coordinator Marcos Noyola said. “So I had to hold some for this year to give out again, but we are always having a very generous community”

Most donations cover young children ages 3 to 9 years old, according to Noyola, but older and younger age groups tend to be left out. Toys for Tots is still seeking donations for toddlers and 10- to 16-year-old children.

For the older kids, they suggest musical instruments, and shaving or grooming kits. Anything that can be “fun, but useful as well,” according to Noyola.

For those whom gift-giving isn’t their strong suit, there are other ways to contribute. Toys for Tots has its own Amazon wishlist registry, where people can buy toys that get directly shipped to Toys for Tots. Monetary contributions can also be made to Toys for Tots directly either online or via a QR code on donation drop-off boxes.

Noyola is in his second year organizing the Toys for Tots drive covering Peoria and Tazewell counties. Noyola grew up one of seven children with a single mother. He was the recipient of a gift from Toys for Tots, which inspires his work.

“The only reason I do this is for the kids. I take pride in it, I enjoy it.,” he said. “I love the feeling of it and it’s the one thing after a long day that’s really rewarding.”

Toys can be dropped off at our station and at any other drop-off location.

More information can be found here.