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Every child deserves a toy for Christmas

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So many choices — A volunteer at the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots event on Saturday is seen here helping a child choose her toys. The Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1287 is the organizer, its members and other volunteers make this event annually happen. This year, the event took place in the the Sunwest Centre Office Complex. (Christina Stock Photo)

Toys for Tots event brings joy to children who otherwise wouldn’t have a toy this Christmas

Each child whose parent had signed them up for the annual Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots event — which is organized by the Sgt. Moses D. Rocha Marine Corps League Detachment No. 1287 — was guided on Saturday by a volunteer to age-appropriate toys. This was after being checked and confirmed of eligibility by league member Dawn Hartwell on the computer.

The donated toys were divided up the night before and put into little toy mountains throughout the first story of the Sunwest Centre Office Complex. “That is the most work,” league member Jim Bloodheart said. “The American Legion and the Marine Corps MC Motorcycle Club helped us sorting them (the toys).” Each child got three presents, a family game and stocking stuffers. After the signed-up children had their choice of presents, parents who missed the deadline to sign up could still bring their children to the event at 3 p.m. It’s a tradition for the league, because no child should go without a toy this Christmas.

Families got their time slot assigned ahead of time, so the children wouldn’t have to wait too long in line. According to the league members, it helped that there were much more volunteers guiding the children through the large room than last year. There were more than 40 volunteers for the children, which also included Roswell High School students and a large group from Pioneer Bank.

Christina Stock may be contacted at 622-7710, ext. 309, or at vision@rdrnews.com.