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Toys For Tots Drive Looking For Help

With the holidays around the corner, the Toys for Tots campaign is in jeopardy.
With the holidays around the corner, the Toys for Tots campaign is in jeopardy. 

There is a need for 3,000 more toys by Christmas Day. There are toys, but not enough to go around. That is why volunteers like Elizabeth Newbould are hoping to to get their Christmas wish.

"There is a huge need. Coming in here today there are thousands of families that still need toys and we only have a couple hundred here today; so just hoping everyone sees this and gives as much as they can to the kids in need," she said.

So why the shortage? The Toys For Tots campaign is typically run by the local Marine Corp. Reserve Unit. But this year, Rochester's unit was deactivated. Volunteers made it their mission to keep the campaign alive. 

"Without those assets, without having Marines available, without having their vehicles available, without having that time, we are all volunteers," organizer Michael Chaba said.

The clock is ticking as volunteers collect unwrapped new toys for area kids in need. Usually children get two or three gifts. But with the shortage in donations, they may only get one. Volunteers are hoping the community will make one last final push. 

"If a Christmas miracle happens and we get more toys, and I'm telling people this, they are calling and asking; as the ability comes to us to fulfill more requests, we will fill those requests on a first-come-first-served basis," Chaba said.

"I remember growing up. I am one of nine kids so my family was in need of toys at one point and people donated to my family. You know opening those toys on Christmas Day, there is nothing better than that," Newbould said.

Toys For Tots hopes to collect 5,000 toys by Christmas Day- just in time to get them under the tree. There is still plenty of time to donate. Drop boxes can be found throughout the area, including all local Walgreens and Dollar Store locations. 

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