Community comes out big for Toys for Tots Finale

Published 12/13 2013 01:06PM

Updated 12/13 2013 01:13PM

The call for toys came early this morning.
"Collecting toys, cash donations, checks, whatever the community would like to donate," said Sgt. Anthony Shoemake, Marine Corps Reserve.
All of it staying right here, helping spread Christmas across the ArkLaTex.
"We'll take toys over to warehouse in Shreveport - toys sorted by age group and gender - hand it over to families," said Shoemake.
The Marine Corps Reserve, our NBC 6 crew and our partner Cumulus Radio; plus tons of volunteers, braved the elements to make it happen.
The Toys for Tots Finale is a last push for community support and full bins like this prove they step up every year.
The generosity is often overwhelming.
"We grew up very, very poor and we know what it’s like not to have toys so we certainly enjoy doing it now that we can afford it," said Kerry Bird, donated at the finale.
Bird and his wife take part of every year.
"We like the basketballs, footballs and chalk... we want to see kids get out and exercise," said Bird.
Neighbors helping neighbors in the most charitable way by giving what they can this Christmas.
"I get nervous from time-to-time throughout the season about whether or not we're going to meet our goal, but I feel like every year community responds and they pull through for us and I expect to see that again today," said Shoemake.

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