(WTAJ) — The Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots is collecting toys for less fortunate families and they are in need of more toys.
One of the main drop off locations is in the logan valley mall.
“Last year this time we had toys on top of toys,” Coordinator, Toys for Tots, Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Nolley said.
This year has been more challenging for the organization to collect donations during the pandemic.
“We’re in desperate need of more toys,” Gunnery Sergeant Nolley said.
Over a thousand families have put in applications to receive toys for their kids this holiday season and while applications are now closed the Marine Corp still needs the communities to help fill their warehouse.
The toys for tots coordinator said this program is not only self-rewarding.
“It actually goes with our marine corps motto which is honor, courage, and commitment,” Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Nolley said.
Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Nolley said their goal is to help as many kids as they can through the help of the community.
“We want to give back we want people to have that joy of Christmas, we want to give those less fortunate that opportunity just to enjoy Christmas as well as anybody else,” Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Nolley said.
The assistant coordinator has close friends on the program who were recipients of toys in the past.
“They explained to me how grateful they were and how happy they were to be able to receive toys even when family couldn’t provide it and they thought that was great the community would reach out and help them when they felt nobody else would,” Assistant Coordinator, Toys for Tots, Sergeant Matthew Pizarro said.
The organization will collect toys until December 4th.
Some other locations besides the Logan Valley Mall include the Walmart in Altoona and Ebensburg.
There will be a toy drive this Saturday at the Logan Valley Mall to try and fill the warehouse.