LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Wal-Mart toy isle is almost empty after the troops came in on a mission to buy as many toys as possible for their Toys for Tots campaign.
"Total, we've raised more than $60,000. For the bike alone we raised just under $35,000. So the bike brought in nearly half of our income," said Sgt. Aaron McDonald.
For the first time, the Lubbock Military Reserves raffled off a motorcycle and all the proceeds went to Toys for Tots. Last Saturday evening Matt Derise got a surprising phone call. "I just thought I'd help a good cause out and I just got lucky," said Derise. He had the winning ticket and now owns a brand new motorcycle.
"It's just a wonderful thing that they are doing. All the military to have an event like this and collect all the toys for toys for Toys for Tots is just an amazing event and I'm just so thankful and thankful for them fighting for this country and all the appreciation goes out to them," said Derise.
Saturday morning the Marines took all the money they raised and bought some Christmas cheer in the form of toys. "We are buying one of our largest toy buys for the season in supporting Toys for Tots campaign," said McDonald. Then, they checked out the toys and packed them away in the military sleigh. "I just want to thank all the branches of the military for everything they do for this country and we owe it all to y'all," said Derise.
The Marines will deliver all the toys purchased to their recipients on the 22nd and 23rd of December.
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