Snowy weather doesn’t stop Toys for Tots donations

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- Snowy weather couldn’t stop dozens of people from stopping by the WBAY Studios Wednesday, bringing with them hundreds of toys for the annual Toys for Tots last call pickup.

Before and After Toys for Tots Picture

“We've been receiving toys literally since 5 o'clock this morning, from all the people that have been driving up and stopping in front of the station,” says Sgt. John Stradford of the United States Marines Corps.

An annual tradition at the Channel 2 Studios started bright and early Wednesday morning, where Marines were on hand to pick up hundreds of gift donations.

“It actually gives you a rush, it's been fun. I like the snow, for this purpose. Any other time, I don't. But it's been fun, because we've had lots and lots of cars that have been stuffed with toys,” Sgt. Stradford says.

Cars filled to the brim, like the one Bonnie Hopfensperger used to bring 11 bags of toys to the drop off, all the way from Brillion.

“Usually my bedroom is stacked quite high, throughout the year,” Hopfensperger says. “I have great big boxes, and I just keep collecting when they have the good toy sales. And end up with quite a few at the end of the year.”

On top of buying gifts for her 15 children, Hopfensperger says she collects toys year round, saving up for the big Toys for Tots drop off day.

“When I was growing up, we didn't have very much,” she says. “And I always think it's nice for kids to have toys at Christmas time.”

If you haven’t had the chance to donate yet, Toys for Tots donations run until this Friday, with toy distribution next Friday.

Donations will be open at the WBAY Studios, 115 South Jefferson Street in downtown Green Bay, from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.