Posted: Dec 15, 2012 6:11 PM by Dustin Klemann - Q2 News
Updated: Dec 16, 2012 6:26 AM
BILLINGS - It's time for a final push to collect toys for those less fortunate in the Billings area.
Saturday afternoon began the third annual 24-hour "Toys for Tots" run when Marines and community members stand outside for an entire day without leaving their post.
The last campaign of the season starts with more than 13,000 toys already donated.
"When I saw the first toys come in when we started the program this year, it was overwhelming. So many toys, so many people in the community that actually care. It's exciting," said Marine Sgt. Cabir Figueroa.
Marines and volunteers set up shop at MetraPark and when the clock struck 3, people with big bags of toys and even bigger hearts were already waiting to start filling boxes.
But they need your help.
Another volunteer who sticks it out through the night, Bill Kennedy, Yellowstone County Commissioner, expects a large turnout with many people even showing up during late hours of the evening.
"It's the warmest feeling you ever get and this is Christmas time. This is a time that we all want to give. And this is the best way for the community to give back to these families," said Kennedy.
The goal of the campaign is to collect 24,000 to 27,000 thousand toys.
All of which will be distributed locally on Monday.
Q2 will bring more coverage of the donation results Sunday.