Toys for Tots campaign underway

Posted at: 12/04/2012 6:10 PM
Updated at: 12/04/2012 6:53 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

In any battle, the Marines like their chances to be victorious. But unlike most fights that they find themselves in, this time they're asking for help. Their mission, to give Christmas to some local kids who might not have one otherwise.

The toys are locked up and waiting for some kids to un-wrap them on Christmas. As of last week, five thousand kids are signed up for presents. Registration ended today and it looks like even more kids will be in need of some Christmas cheer according to Gunnery Sergant Lucas Rodriguez.

"By yesterday and today we'll probably be looking at more towards 6-9,000 kids that are registered, that will be receiving toys," Rodriguez said.

The Marines' goal is to give each child two gifts. So far they're only about halfway there. By the looks of the line that wrapped around the Alamosa Community Center's Gym the need has only grown this year, according to Michelle Sena with Albuquerque's Family and Community Services Department.

"We have a lot of families that have been laid off. Or just need that little extra help you know. They are able to pay their bills but they don't have that extra money to provide a Christmas for their children," Sena said.

With about eighty locations for dropoffs, the Marines are counting on the generosity of New Mexicans and their donations this year. Just like they have for the last twenty years here in Albuquerque, according to Gunny Rodriguez.

"Just knowing that kids here in Albuquerque that might not have a Christmas get to wake up and there's something underneath that tree and hopefully that helps them grow up to be better citizens here in the United States," Rodriguez said.

For information about the Albuquerque Toys for Tots Foundation, click here