(KWTX) The annual Toys for Tots campaign is officially underway, but with Thanksgiving falling later this year than last it’s already crunch time in order to make Christmas morning merrier and brighter for thousands of Central Texas children.
KWTX, the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corps have worked together since 1991 to put gifts under the tree for children who might not otherwise receive presents.
Rusty Garrett serves as chairman.
“Let me just stress how important Toys for Tots is for me and for Channel 10 and our family here,” Garrett said.
The retired forecaster said it’s a project he’ll continue to head up because he knows it’s a worthwhile cause during a time in which many great organizations are asking for help.
“I’ll be the first to acknowledge that there is no shortage of charities worthwhile that need some help this Christmas season,” Garret said.
“But Toys for Tots is extra special because the smiles I can pictures on the faces of kids and their families on Christmas morning.”
This year 5,370 children are registered for Toys for Tots, but the donation deadline on Dec. 13 is looming.
Still, organizers are confident Central Texans will dig deep.
Last year the drive far exceeded expectations as 3,100 children in nearly a thousand different homes in McLennan County alone were helped by the drive.
“It’s what I love about this community,” Said Salvation Army Maj. April Taylor.
Friday night drop-off locations
Rusty Garrett on Friday, December 6th at the Walmart in Temple on 31st Street from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, December 13th, is the final drive-thru date. KWTX and the US Marines will be at the following locations:
Rusty Garrett at the KWTX Studios at 6700 American Plaza from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Elliot Wilson at the Walmart at 3404 W. Stan Schlueter in Killeen from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Brady Taylor at the Walmart on West Adams in Temple from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.