Your gift is needed.
The Marine Corps are at it again, joining ABC 4, and the Toys for Tots with a simple idea: Every child should have a Christmas gift.
"We're busy setting up the tarps for the gym. That way we can bring in all of the toys and divide them into the different age groups," explained Lance Corporal Marc Sumampong.
But with just a little more than a week before the toys go out, some groups need a little more help.
"Most people forget the toys for babies, and also preteens," said Sumampong.
Deborah Phillips, at Discovery Gateway's Gift Shop hopes their bin is filled before the December 13th deadline, and hopes people won't forget the older children.
"When you're an older kid, you know what Christmas is all about, you know what gift giving is, and if you don't get a gift for Christmas, it's heart breaking," said Phillips.
Phillips, being a big kid herself, looks for toys that make kids think.
"You want toys that are going to challenge both their minds, and their hands--that they can do physically, like arts and crafts and puzzle games," explained Phillips.
But this isn't a game for the Marines and everyone involved in Toys For Tots. It is fulfilling the Christmas dreams for families literally left out in the cold.
"They would drive for miles, and after here, and they will start lining up for days, just camping out, waiting in the cold, just for the chance to get a toy for their kids," said Sumampong.
Along with Discovery Gateway, ABC 4 News is also a drop off location. You can bring your new, unwrapped toys to the station during business hours.