SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Christmas arrived early for hundreds of families in Eugene, Springfield, Oakridge, and Cottage Grove. Toys for Tots held its annual distribution Saturday.
Toys for Tots is an event put on by the Marine Corps and it has been in existence since 1927.
The goal is to collect donations from the community and distribute them to families in need this holiday season.
The Marine Corps collected toy donations since October. Saturday, community members and the Boy Scouts joined their efforts and volunteered their time to help with distribution.
“I like to help people,” said Braiden Miller, volunteer and Boy Scout. “I just like the reward of helping people.”
Stefani Davies is a mother of three. She said this is her first year participating in the program.
“It just makes me feel good that people care about kids,” she said.
She picked up the Operation board game and Paw Patrol Plush for her children.
This year, they collected enough toys to help nearly 3,000 families, according to Staff Sergeant Aaron Frey.
"Some of them get tears in their eyes," SSGT Frey said. "Other families just can't stop smiling going up and down, just being very thankful for what we're doing."
Distribution will continue through Sunday. For schedule and location details click here.