What is Toys for Tots?
Toys line the shelves at the Toys for Tots storage areas waiting to find a spot underneath the Christmas tree, but organizers hope for more toys on these shelves than they received last year.
"It’s like, you know, Santa Claus has come and that's what we want them to think," says Brad Stephens of Toys for Tots.
Last year thousands of toys were donated, and this year they are hoping to collect the same amount or more. Stephens says because of the poor economy, more children in Texoma need assistance this Christmas than in years past. He says helping area children changed his view of Christmas.
I used to be a 'Bah-Humbug' person. I hated Christmas,” says Stephens. "But since I’ve been doing this, I can't wait for it to get here every year because I love doing this and seeing these kids receiving presents. It's heartwarming."
Stephens doesn't want an empty Christmas tree to ruin the children's holiday spirit.
"Every child deserves a little Christmas, and we try to live by that."
If you would like to donate gifts, or would like to register a need child for Toys for Tots, call their hotline number 903-814-3324. The gifts you donate stay in this area.
How to Help
Always Better Care and Toys for Tots are working together to make the holidays happy for kids in need.
They're accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys at the Giving Tree in Sherman Town Center from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day.
Goal for 2008
The goal this year is 30,000 toys and 15,000 kids in the Texoma area.
This is the fourth year for the toy drive at Sherman Town Center.
You can drop off toys until December 21.
Drop Off Locations