Local Marines Collect Toys for Needy Kids

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Local Marines were honored at the Capitol by Gov. Bush. This time he was praising the men and women for their hard work on the Toys for Tots campaign.

"We love this job as Marines ‘cause this is our one opportunity to give back to the community that supports us as Marines and at the same time provide kids hope and let them know that somebody cares during the Christmas season," said U.S. Marine Corps 1st SGT David Cowie.

The Marines started the day at the Capitol then took the trolley to more than 20 businesses and government agencies that have collected toys for underprivileged kids.

"With the help of the Cabinet members of the state, we're off to one of the better starts we've ever had on trolley day," said Cowie

SSGT Margaret Vitiello volunteers with Toys for Tots every year and says it’s all worthwhile when the families personally thank them for their hard work.

"It really pays off when we hand the toys to the parents and then they tell you this is all their children are gonna get for Christmas."

At the end of the day, the toys are off to a warehouse where they'll be stored until distribution day. Thousands of gifts are ready to be given out because of the work done by the heroes helping hands.

If you'd like to donate toys, you can drop them off through Friday at the Navy Marine Corps Reserve Center on Roberts Avenue in Tallahassee.