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Christmas Comes Early In Tallahassee

By: Emily Johnson
December 21, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Folks lined up bright and early this morning at the old Salvation Army building to receive their bag of toys. It was all part of of Leon County's Toys For Tots program. "We had some of them were broken, you know they were so happy to give their kids a Christmas so it's a positive thing," said Rodney McCoy, Marine Corps League Past Commandant.

1500 families and more than 3700 children will have a gift under their tree this year thanks to the program. Dionne Miller has two little children and she said she appreciated what the organization has done for her family. "I'm feeling great this morning, blessed to be alive, I just want to thank the Toys for Tots people for blessing these children. I'm out here with my sisters and it's a wonderful feeling," said Miller, Toys For Tots recipient.

The holiday cheer spread beyond Leon County into Gadsden, Madison and Gulf County. "To be able to give to the surrounding community more and more you know poor into that too it's just...it makes the heart feel good," said McCoy.

More than 100 volunteers came out to help this morning. They had a variety of jobs including matching the number folks were given with the number on their bag of toys.

This is the first year the Marine Corps League has been in charge of Toys For Tots. They said they're thankful for the community's support behind them throughout the entire process and said they can see many more years of running the program.

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