CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Christmas will be a little brighter for thousands of children across Western Massachusetts this year, because of the generosity of many of our viewers here at 22News.
Over the past two weeks, toys have poured into the 22News lobby. Tuesday, the U.S. Marines spent the morning packing up the toys to deliver to more than a hundred different non-profit organizations.
All of the toys collected here at 22News stay within western Massachusetts; the Marines work with several non-profit organizations to make sure they all end up under a tree on Christmas.
“By November 1, we already had over 600 family requests, and we just turned off the non-profits like a week or so ago and there were close to 400 non-profits requesting, too. There’s a lot of requests,” explained USMC SSgt. John Thompson.
The Salvation Army in Springfield is one of the organizations that help pair the toys collected by Toys for Tots with families in need throughout Springfield. This year they will serve thousands of families in Springfield alone.
“We do about 2,500 to 3,000 families here in Springfield with Toys for Tots and other toys we get in. Unfortunately, there’s many people in need in the area,” said Major David Moore of the Salvation Army.
Each family is generally able to go home with two toys. This year, the Marines filled two tractor trailers and two box trucks with the toys collected at 22News alone.