Dec 15, 2010 7:11 PM by Melissa Anderson (Helena)
The Marine Corps League is at it again, collecting gifts around Helena so that more children will have toys this Christmas.
However, due to an increased number of needy families this year, the Toys For Tots campaign is desperate for more toys.
Organizers say they have collected a little under half of the toys they will need to give out this year.
They are hoping that people will give generously in the next few days to meet their estimated need of 15,000 toys.
They have set up shop at the Salvation Army gym awaiting distribution of the gifts this Saturday.
Beth Foster, coordinator for the Toys For program, noted, "If it comes down to it, we just may not give as many toys out as we have traditionally given, so we can balance that out. Hopefully the community will come through they always do."
Foster says they are really in need of items for boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 15; she said that this is the hardest age group to buy for.
They are also accepting donations through their website.
Foster says they plan to purchase the final gifts with any money they receive on Friday.
Anyone who needs presents for their children should contact the Salvation Army to sign up.
Click here to visit the Helena Toys For Tots website, or call 406-461-3014 for more information.