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Marines Need More Toy Donations for Low Income Families

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Marines are collecting toys at places like Albertsons to promote the fundraiser and get more people to donate. 

"Actually in this area there's quite a few needy kids," said First Sergeant Michael Pullom.

"Foster children, children that live with their grandparents, maybe aunts or uncles," said Irma Marquez, an employee for EPIC.

They usually collect about 10,000 toys or so and hand them out a few days before Christmas.

"It's just like giving them a million dollars," said Sgt. Pullom.

"They're jumping up and down. They know they're going to receive a toy and they're just happy they can't sit still," said Marquez.

Marines have been packing and counting toys for a few weeks now. GSL employees are donating over 200 toys they've collected amongst themselves and while this may help, Marines say it doesn't look like they'll have enough donations.

"We've seen numbers increase for requesting toys and the number of toys collected go down," said Sgt. Pullom.  

Last year the marines collected enough toys for over 250 families at EPIC and this year, some families may not get a toy.

"It's a worry but that's why we're hoping the community gets involved and supports Toys for Tots," said Marquez.    

Marines say giving just one toy can make all the difference this holiday season.

Marines are collecting new and unwrapped toys for kids up to the age of 15.