US Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots drive officially kicks off

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Year round they are heroes, but especially during the Christmas season.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program plays an active role in helping with the development of the nation’s most valuable resource, its children, since the 1940’s. 

Retired Marine Paul Caputo and USMC 1st Sergeant John Finney joined KRQE’s This Morning team to discuss the event. Watch above.

Each year the need for donations grows 15-percent. Even the smallest contribution makes the biggest difference and the organization has made it easy for the community to donate.

Those wishing to donate unwrapped toys or monetarily will have opportunities to donate through call centers, drop off boxes and even at home pick ups.

KRQE News 13 will be hosting the first phone drive Monday, November 28 at 4 p.m. Call 1-877-715-7400 to donate. 

The Albuquerque Police Department will also be hosting two phone banks and for those wishing for pick-ups at their home, officers will come to gather toys.

Friday, December 9th will be “Bribe Day” for the program, the Chic-Fil-A at Cottonwood Corner will be giving free sandwiches to those who donate. Toys R Us will also be ready to collect toys during business hours Tuesday, November 29.

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