Men and women in uniform are asking for your help, to help make the holidays brighter for area kids.

The Toys for Tots campaign has kicked off, Marine Corp Reserves and Pennsylvania State Police have teamed up once again, to collect toys for needy children in Erie county.

So far, they've received about 18,000 toys.

They're asking for any donation, but specifically for boy and girl infants, and teenage kids, or about 10-years of age and older.

All the toys will go to local children, “That's what Toys for Tots is all about, it's for less fortunate children and it helps them realize that the community does care about them, and it could make a huge impact on them growing up, which is good,” said U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Gunnery Sergeant Raymond Pelsh.

Those men and women in uniform who help collect the toys say it’s a rewarding experience, “It is a great give back to the community, there's a lot of underprivileged kids out there who just want a toy for Christmas, and anyone who's woken up on Christmas morning, that excitement to go downstairs and see something under the tree, it's great to be a part of that,” said Troop E Commanding Officer, Kirk Reese, with the Pennsylvania State Police.

The toys will be distributed the weekend of December 7th and 8th, “It is very heartwarming, it is awesome, last year I was able to hand out a couple of bikes and you're able to get to meet the kids and talk to them and make sure they're good,” said Pelsh.

So, they're asking for donations for the Stuff the Cruiser event this Saturday, November 9th.

You can stop by the Walmart on Peach street between noon and 4:00 p.m., to make a donation of a new, unwrapped toy, or a monetary donation.

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