TOYS FOR TOTS is a US Marine Corps project which News 10 has been actively involved with since 1991. Our Senior Forecaster, Rusty Garrett, has served as Chairman of the annual drive from the beginning and passionately strives to encourage donations each Christmas season. His goal is to make sure every deserving family has gifts for their children.
Since the late 1940s, this amazing Marine Corps program has assisted families nationwide who are struggling financially.
The Salvation Army partners with the Marines and News 10 in offering registration in Central Texas in the weeks during the pre-holiday period.
Our drive kicks off this year immediately following Thanksgiving and will run thru December 14th. Viewers are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toy donations to the KWTX studios to be displayed throughout the television news studio and then delivered to the Marines for distribution to registered families.
Cash donations are also welcome and checks can be made out to TOYS FOR TOTS and dropped off during business hours at our KWTX studios located at 6700 American Plaza in Waco.
See the Related Links to learn how to register or become a drop-off location.
In addition to bringing toys to the KWTX studios, Rusty Garrett and the US Marines will be at the following locations on the following dates to accept donations:
- Friday, November 23rd – Walmart on Sun Valley Blvd. in Hewitt from 4p-7p
- Friday, December 30th – Walmart in Waco on Franklin Avenue from 4p-7p
- Friday, December 7th – Walmart on 31st Street in Temple from 4p-7p
Friday, December 14th, is the final drive-thru date. KWTX and the US Marines will be at the following locations:
- Rusty Garrett and KWTX Studios at 6700 American Plaza from 4p-9p
- Elliot Wilson and Walmart on Stan Schlueter in Killeen from 5p-9p
- Brady Taylor and Walmart on West Adams in Temple from 5p-9p
Thank you Central Texas for your continued support for this worthwhile project!
*For anyone interested in donating clothing or requesting assistance for the Harker Heights area, please email Belina Ruff at Toysforyouphil419@gmail.com.