TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Toys for Tots is a national foundation run by the United States Marine Corps Reserves and work to collect and distribute toys to children whose parents can't afford to buy them.
New, unwrapped toys are collected throughout the Magic Valley from October through December, then distributed before Christmas.
There are multiple drop-off locations across the Magic Valley and we have provided a link to a list below.
But each year there is a growing need to help more and more kids. This year that number is about 7,200.
"There is no way that I could fund this project. Because with 7,000 kids that's over $120,000 just to fund all of these kids at a minimum of $30 per child," said Toys for Tots coordinator Debbie Johnson said.
The age group that has the largest need varies each year, but this season it's the older kids and young teens. But to be sure that exactly what is needed gets purchased, it's best to make monetary donations.
After all the donations were brought to the KMVT's community room, a group of young adult from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to help sort the toys.
They were approached by one of the local organizers and decided to set up a service project as their weekly activity.
The toys were sorted into age groups based on the suggested age marked on the boxes.
Members of the group said it didn't take much for them to sign on to help. All the hands made the night go by quickly, and they hope it makes things easier for the families who come to pick out toys for the holidays.