Toys For Tots in Scranton | News
Bags bursting with toys were dropped off Monday in Scranton, as the annual Toys For Tots campaign kicks into high gear.
More than 1,000 toys were delivered to the United Neighborhood Centers on Crown Avenue in Scranton.
Bags were overflowing with toys that were donated by the community for this year's Toys For Tots drive.
Jill Moyle has been helping with this program for years and was happy to see this year turn out so well.
"It's always very exciting to see how much our community contributes to really help the families and pull together when people are in need," Moyle said.
Members of the U.S. Marine Corps picked up around 1,500 toys from drop-off sites around town and brought them to the center in Scranton to be sorted through and prepared for distribution.
While the demand for toys was much higher this year, the community was able to supply that need.
"The need this year actually has gone up a little bit because of the way the economy has been, and just everyone right now seems to be struggling, people more than last year, but we have seen a tremendous amount of donations coming in since Thanksgiving for the Christmas holiday," Moyle added.
Blue Cross Blue Shield volunteers also came out to help with the sorting of the toys.
"To contribute and give back to people who are less fortunate than you, especially in the holiday time. There are so many kids, even adults, parents, who can't provide for children. It's just a great event to give back in the spirit of the holidays," said volunteer Paula Starnes.
Additional donations will be accepted at United Neighborhood Centers' Olive Street branch until December 19.
Toys will be distributed beginning at 10 a.m. on December 22. Each child will receive one toy and one stocking stuffer. Organizers said it is first come, first serve.