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Toys for Tots Donations Decline

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Toys for Tots donations are on the decline at a time when more families find themselves in need. Organizers are trying to rally community support.

St. Vincent De Paul, the Montana Rescue Mission, Family Service and Toys for Tots are coming together to give children in need a Merry Christmas. St. Vincent De Paul volunteer coordinator, Vicki Massie, said the four groups hope to provide 1,200 local families with toys in 2013. "It's a wonderful feeling. We've had several parents walk out of here with tears in their eyes, because they thought they would just get a toy, but they're actually getting Christmas for these kids. It's been such a relief for them to know they're going to be able to provide Christmas this year," Massie said.

Massie said donors can also give money, that'll be spent in Billings to buy toys for children. "It's a win win for Yellowstone County. It's a win for the kids and the businesses," Massie said.

Marine Corps Corporal, Ron Marak, said Toys for Tots will end the week with a 24-hour drive at Metrapark. "It's very nice. I've grown up without having a lot also. So, knowing that other kids are going to get something is a really good feeling," Corporal Marak said.

Until Saturday, 182 families a day will be shopping for gifts at the south side toy store. "It's the matter of being human. We all want to be helped when we're down, and a lot of times people take for granted what other people are," Marak said.

Organizers said with more families needing toys in 2013, supplies are quickly running out.

If you would like to donate to Toys for Tots, you can drop off toys at 2045 Overland Avenue. The 24-hour drive kicks off at Metrapark on Saturday at 3:00 PM and goes til Sunday. To donate or request toys, you can call Vicki at 406-694-4370.