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12/22/02

Toys For Tots Gearing Up For Emergency Distribution

Shoppers continue to wrap up their last minute Christmas shopping. And Sunday, many added an extra gift to their shopping bags for the children of the South Plains.

On Sunday, Toys For Tots finished up a month long campaign. The S.B.C. Telecom Pioneers volunteered their time Sunday to the toy drive at the South Plains Mall. Deborah Teague says shoppers were clearly in the giving spirit.

"We were close to 300 toys shy, when we came in (Sunday)," said Teague. "We've got that and close to a thousand dollars cash, just (Sunday) alone."

"I tell ya, the people of Lubbock and the surrounding areas are awesome," said Capt. Kraig Smith of the U.S. Marine Corps. "I mean, they have done an outstanding job in support of the Toys For Tots program. They knew there was a need out there and the people came through. It was awesome."

The Marines have already been able to give gifts to 7,000 children across the South Plains. So far, more than 23,000 toys have been collected and they're still coming in.

And in addition to the scheduled toy deliveries on Monday, the Marines will be taking part in emergency distributions. So, if you missed the deadline to sign up for toys this Christmas, the Marines will be accepting additional names, just call the Marine Reserve Station at (806) 763-2854 , between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to get your name on the list.

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