Tuesday morning, the U.S. Marines volunteers will collect the thousands of toys donated during the 22News Toys for Tots drive.
You’ve filled our lobby, and now the bikes, toys and games will all be sorted according to the needs of dozens of western Massachusetts agencies that will distribute them.
Way Finders of Western Massachusetts needs toys for at least six hundred children.
“These are children of families who have fallen upon unfortunate times. They may be in a shelter because of a job lost, they may be in shelters because of an apartment fire, an eviction, families that just need a little extra support,” said Tyler Haldey of Way Finders.
Most of the agencies on the Toys for Tots giving list are smaller Pioneer Valley child care services that help people of limited means.
Suzanne Morris of Morris Professional Child Care Services told 22News, “We have so many children that are in need. They have single parents, some single mothers, even single fathers. They need toys for their children, They cannot afford it.”
All of the donated toys will be in the hands of thousands of children in need by Christmas morning.
22News acknowledges the generosity of our viewers, and we thank you.