The local Toys for Tots campaign has been working since October 1st to collect toys for needy children. The turnout this year was a very big one.
"We have roughly 1,200 kids that we're helping, maybe a little bit more, so the math comes out to about five toys per kid. We do have some extra toys and what we're going to end up doing with those is giving them to the Salvation Army, Christian Help, or helping out other Toys for Tots programs that might need some help as well" said Will Weber, the local Toys for Tots coordinator.
More than 5,700 toys will be distributed to local children this year through the campaign. Families who signed up for the toys even got the chance to request some specific things.
"During the application process, I put a portion in the application if the family wanted to make a request for a specific thing. If their son likes Spiderman or their daughter likes Lalaloopsy then they're able to make that request, and if we have the means to fulfill that request then we will definitely do that" Weber said.
After collecting toys for over two months it's finally time to distribute them, but first they had to sort and package them.
"For the last two days we've been here at the VFW in Morgantown sorting toys by age and gender. Today and last night we've been packaging them up for each family. Picking about four to five toys per kid and putting them in bags for the families to come pick up tomorrow morning and afternoon" Weber said.
Weber had a goal this year to get more than 5,000 toys. He beat that goal by 700.
He's been involved with Toys for Tots since 2004, and said the experience is rewarding.
"I actually started back in Marietta, Ohio when I was 19-years-old and I helped about 400 kids in my hometown that year. It was definitely a rewarding experience to be able to see as a 19- year-old boy, a boy basically, the impact that I was having and how appreciative the community was" Weber said.
The toy distribution will take place Monday and Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the VFW Post 548 in Morgantown.