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It's that time of year once again. The annual Toys For Tots drive kicks off in the Quad Cities Thursday at 9am. It runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 5pm now through December 8th, except for Thanksgiving and the day after. 

Volunteers say there was already a line out the door of about 50 people by 7am Thursday, two hours before registration even opened.  

Last year Toys For Tots helped 9,000 kids and their families, up by about 500 from the previous year, and organizers say that need grows every year.  

"We're hoping we don't have that many (people) this year," GySgt. Matthew Dorsey says, "We hope we start going in the other direction, but you never know, we just have to be prepared." 

Volunteers say more and more showing up in this tough economy.  

"Recently it's been loss of jobs, and they need something for their children, they need everything," Volunteer Terri Osborn says. 

Karla White signed up some of her grand kids; she says having a little something extra under the tree makes a big difference for her, and her grand kids. 

"It saves us from having to spend bill money and food money to get stuff," White says. 

"Every little thing I wrap so there's more than one or two pieces there," she says, "They get to have more fun that way." 

For families who need a little extra help around the holidays, all the energy that goes into this effort is worth it on Christmas morning.  

"I get up with a smile on my face when they open their presents and everything," James Smith, who has three kids signed up for toys, says, "Last year when my daughter saw her bike, she got a big smile on her face." 

To sign up, you need to bring a government-issued picture ID, and also a birth certificates for your kids. If you're registering foster children, you'll need proof of guardianship. You also need proof of address on a utility bill or other piece of mail. 

This year, the program is in a new building, the old Zimmerman Honda building at 1740 5th Avenue in Rock Island. 

If you have donations you can bring them there or one of 600 different locations throughout the QCA, listed on the Toys For Tots website: http://quad-cities.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/Default.aspx 

Also, mark your calendars for KWQC's Toys For Tots Drive December 4th, all day from 4:30 am til 6:30 pm. Just drive up the hill at 805 Brady Street in Davenport and drop off toys, check or cash.

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