Volunteers Busy Sorting Donations from Toys for Tots Drive - WBAY

Volunteers Busy Sorting Donations from Toys for Tots Drive

Brown County -

This year's Toys for Tots Drive brought in thousands of gifts for northeast Wisconsin children. But the toys aren't quite ready to go under the Christmas trees yet.

Kristyn Allen explains what it takes to get them ready for the families who need them.

The Salvation Army warehouse looks more like Santa's workshop, as dozens of volunteers spend the second day in a row sorting toys.

"Christmas is really for kids and I think it's important kids have a happy christmas," said volunteer Tammy Wells.

So far The Salvation Army of Brown County says the number of toys coming in appears to be lower than last year at this point.

The goal is to collect toys for 2,700 pre-registered families in the county.

"We do this in partnership with the Marine Corps," said Steve Jandt. "We have bins at businesses all over the community. We have volunteers that drive and pick up all the bins and bring them here to our warehouse."

Volunteers will go through the boxes and take out the toys one by one and match them to a gender and age range.

"It always comes down to the wire," said Wells. "So, we're always sweating it at the last minute. Are we going to have enough? Are we going to have enough? Brown County usually comes through, but it really comes down to the blessings of Brown County."

The Salvation Army says donations for teens typically run low and suggest things like make up or perfume for girls and items like footballs or headphones for boys.

The distribution starts on Wednesday, December 18.

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