“Nothing better than a child’s smile:” Marines collect donations for Toys for Tots

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MILWAUKEE  -- It is your chance to make this Christmas a special one for some children in the Milwaukee area. The U.S. Marine Corps wants you to donate a toy.

Marines collect donations for Toys for Tots campaignAt Milwaukee's south side Toys "R" Us, shelves are stocked for the holidays

"It doesn`t feel like winter, but the shopping season is definitely here," said Charles Kopsea, store manager.

Local Marines are spreading holiday cheer. They're collecting toys for the annual Toys for Tots campaign, to donate to southeast Wisconsin's neediest children.

"There is a nothing better than a child`s smile. I would say that is probably why the majority of us do it," said Sgt. Joseph Page.

They're asking for new, unwrapped toys, or cash.

Judy Bodi stopped to give a $20.

"I`m usually able to buy my grandkids things that other kids can`t have," said Bodi.

She wants to bring joy to another family.

"I felt like I wanted to see some happy faces," said Bodi.

Marines collect donations for Toys for Tots campaignThe Marines say they often get a lot of donations for the younger kids, but not as much for teenagers.The video games at Toys "R" Us could be a good option. Another choice that has been popular lately, are the new Star Wars action figures. Some price out at $10.

"Everyone loves to go out and buy a doll or a football for young children, and we don`t always get the one for the teenager," said Sgt. Page.

The toys are distributed with the help of the Salvation Army around Christmas. Families who qualify choose one for their child.

"Every once in a while they bring their children, it literally is like Christmas morning for them," said Sgt. Page.

Toys "R" Us is taking donations through December 6th.