Marines pack up thousands of toys for children in western Massachusetts

Hampden County

CHICOPEE, Mass (WWLP) – The Marine Corp Reserve spent Tuesday morning packing up the thousands of toys, stuffed animals, and bicycles that filled our 22News lobby for our annual Toys for Tots campaign.

For the last two weeks, local residents have had the opportunity to bring an unwrapped gift to our lobby to be donated to local children in need this holiday season.

Toys for Tots is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve program with a mission to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to the less fortunate children in the community.

All the toys that were donated to our lobby will be distributed by the U.S. Marines to children in western Massachusetts who really need them just in time for Christmas.

Thousands of donations and multiple mounds of toys later….our Toys for Tots Drive officially ended Monday night.

Similar to elves taking the toys from The North Pole and packing them into Santa’s sleigh…dozens of U.S. Marines assisted in taking the toys from our 22News lobby and packing them into several trucks to be brought to families in need Tuesday morning.

Many were surprised at the total amount that was donated.

“We came here the first day to start the campaign and there was nothing in here and now it’s more than eye level and I’m 6’3 to see mounds that are over my head is very impressive,” Sssgt. Michael Vopal said.

The toys are now taken to a warehouse to be organized by age. Several organizations will then help distribute the those toys to families that need them.

The Marines have a giving list of 74,000 children this holiday season. Their goal is to make sure all have a gift on Christmas morning.

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