Toys for Tots: Hundreds of children a step closer to receiving Christmas gifts


This year’s annual Toys for Toys campaign has come to an end here at 22News and thousands of children are one step closer to getting a Christmas to remember.

22News has been holding this annual event for the last 22 years, bringing Christmas cheer to countless families in western Massachusetts. 

This year’s campaign was another major success and it wouldn’t have been possible without your generosity!

Nearly 18-hundred Toys for Tots orders were filled this year.. and your donations will ensure all deserving children in our area get a Christmas to remember. 

“It’s honestly a relief, we didn’t know how we were going to fill all of these orders if all of these toys didn’t come in so it’s a relief to know we can provide for all the families,” said Toys for Tots warehouse manager, Sgt. Troy Makinen.

Sgt. Makinen also said our 22News campaign is their the largest toy collection in western Massachusetts. 

From our 22News lobby all donations will go to the Toys for Tots warehouse. Then they’ll be sorted and distributed to organizations and families in western Massachusetts. 

Tuesday morning, the Holyoke police department, Marines from Westover Air Reserve Base, members of the ROCA program and United Tractor Trailer school began this process, filling trailers with all of these toys.

The ROCA program provides mentorship for men who were involved in the criminal justice system. They explained why it was important to be a part of this day.

“This is an opportunity for them to kinda give back and see what other organizations are working towards this time of the year to give back to those less fortunate then they are.” said Program Coordinator for ROCA Holyoke, Melvin Malave. 

22News thanks everyone who made this outcome possible.

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