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Marines distribute Toys for Tots

Posted: Tuesday, Dec 18th, 2012

photo by Jerry Thompson Pat Smith handed out Play-Doh to Dannielle Hoiness, the first parent to receive toys Sunday.

It was very cold and rainy Sunday morning; nevertheless, over 100 families braved the weather and stood in line outside the Cottage Grove Armory to receive free toys for their children through the Toys for Tots program.

The doors opened at 11 a.m., but many had been waiting in line since 8 a.m. The gifts were disbursed until about 4 p.m.

Marine Sergeant Reginald Glenn said about 1000 toys were distributed to the 100-plus families.

“Everything was smooth, a lot of customers, lots of happy faces and a lot of happy kids this year,” said Glenn. Besides Glenn and the Marines, there were a lot of community volunteers, which included firemen and mayor-elect Tom Munroe.

Despite the miserable conditions, many found the wait was worth it.

“My son got a dump truck, a book and some PlayDoh and he’s really going to be happy with the dump truck,” said Stephanie Lowell, who came from Creswell.

“If you’re willing to be out in the rain and cold for three or four hours, then you’re obviously needing the help,” said Cara Canaday, also from Creswell.

Canaday’s son said they came to the Cottage Grove Toys for Tots because “this program is better than Springfield’s.” He said last year they had to stand in line for six hours to get a ticket and come back with the ticket the next day and stand for another six hours to get the toys.

For the complete article see the 12-19-2012 issue.

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