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Hundreds Wait in Line to Pick Up Free Toys at Benton County Fairgrounds

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KENNEWICK, WA - Hundreds of families waited in line Saturday morning, outside the Benton County Fairgrounds, to pick up free toys and bikes for their children this Christmas.

Organizers with the Toys for Tots program were handing out the toys, and at one point the line stretched more than a quarter of a mile long.

NBC Right Now spoke with several families who said they are beyond grateful for the gifts.

"You know the economy is down and we don't have that much money to buy them what they really want, so Toys for Tots is good," said Annabel Garcia, who lives in Pasco.

"We have nothing this year because I've been unemployed since just trying to do the best for my kids. It hurts me inside, but there's some good helping people in this world," added Raul Hernandez, who lives in Kennewick.

This years Toys for Tots campaign brought in more than $240,000 worth of toys, making Christmas brighter for nearly 7,000 children in the lower Columbia Basin.