It started with the inspiration of a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major in 1947 and now 66 years later the Marines are still spearheading the Toys for Tots program.
Our Knicely Done recognition highlights the work of the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve in Nebraska and a host of volunteers plus the coordinating efforts of United Way of the Midlands.
When our WOWT 6 News camera visited the Marine Corp warehouse on North 30th street it was crowded with hundreds of large boxes filled with toys.
Marines and volunteers were busy sorting toys by age group into other boxes destined for various agencies for distribution to children around the state.
"This is the perfect opportunity to help the less fortunate children in our community, said Sgt Walid Kanan in an interview with WOWT 6 News. "We're not just on the front lines in Afghanistan or Iraq, we're here for our home as well."
More than 30,000 underprivileged children in Nebraska will receive toys for Christmas through the Toys for Tots program.
If you would like to volunteer for other charity projects in the metro area click on the link for United Way of the Midlands included with this story.