Marine Corps Reserves collects donations for Fairbanks children in need

FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) Toy donations are being accepted around Fairbanks to help families in need this holiday season. One of those toy drives is ‘Toys for Tots’ run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

A collection box at the Fairbanks Police Department for ‘Toys for Tots’ run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. (Sara Tewksbury/KTVF).

Major Eve Baker with the United States Marine Corps Reserve says ‘Toys for Tots’ began back in 1947.

"It started with just a handful of toys and then it became a nationwide outreach effort," said Baker.

That nationwide effort was brought to local communities like Fairbanks, where new unopened toys can be donated at drop-off locations around town.

"We're happy to receive toys of all price ranges and sizes, and for all age groups. Anything from a large toy and truck set to a single jump rope or a single matchbox car," said Baker.

‘Toys for Tots’ works with organizations like The Salvation Army to evaluate families' need and help distribute toys to those families. Major Shevaun Malone with The Salvation Army says they interview families collect that information.

"I was talking to one lady who has a job but she just can't have enough for Christmas, so it's a blessing to be able to provide for families during the holiday season who are maybe making it, maybe barely making it, but just can't provide something for their children," said Malone.

Malone says The Salvation Army also finds out what toys children would like most and works to see if they can get children a toy that would make them the happiest.

Donations will be accepted until December 15, so that the toys can be sorted and packaged for distribution to families.

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