Bay Co. Toys For Tots Still Seeking Donations 12-23-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bay Co. Toys For Tots Still Seeking Donations 12-23-2010

The United States Marines are working with Santa to make sure no kid is without a toy this Christmas.
The Bay County Toys For Tots campaign is still collecting cash and toys until late Friday afternoon to make sure no child is forgotten.
“The best Christmas I can imagine [for] Toys For Tots is a child waking up on Christmas morning and [seeing] a ton of toys under their tree,” said Jeff Jarvis, with Toys For Tots.
In a perfect world, every kid would have a ton of toys. But as a former Marine, Jarvis knows that would be a Christmas miracle.
The reality is a lot of kids would not have a Christmas without the Toys for Tots campaign. Imagine all of those people who give toys and cash to make it all happen. Maybe you are one of them.
Looking at bags filled to the brim with toys lined up for delivery, TV5’s Jay Brandow asked if a household gets a single bag of toys. “No! One bag per child,” said Jarvis. “They are age- and gender-appropriate. This bag is for a 13-year-old. We have a handheld game, a puzzle, an mp3 player and family games, so the whole family can play along.”
When Jarvis isn't helping Santa, he works in the office at Art Van Furniture. Right now, he said he's concerned about Christmas and those kids who still don't have anything under the tree.
“We still need donations, if somebody has some last-minute donations they can still get it to us so we can get toys out to those families,” Jarvis said.
Jarvis and his helpers have been working for months to make sure those special moments at Christmas truly are moments to remember, especially the smiles on the kids' faces.
“I get a good feeling knowing those children are going wake up Christmas morning and have a toy,” said Jarvis.
If you'd like to help the Marines help Santa in the Toys for Tots program, late donations can be dropped off at the Bay City Mall until 4 p.m. Christmas Eve.
If you can't make it to the mall, but would still like to help Toys for Tots, check out their website for how you can contribute online or through the mail.
For further information, call 989-892-8687.
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