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Families Pick Up "Toys for Tots" Presents

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Thousands of families across the Quad Cities picked up their "toys for tots" present bags Saturday, ensuring their kids get a Christmas. Families showed up at this years distribution center, the old Zimmerman Honda building in Rock Island, with their registration form in hand. Marines say they had more people sign up than ever and 11,000 families are having merrier Christmas thanks to the support of the community.

"It means a lot you know," Heidi Stanley said.

Stanley joined her daughter to pick up presents for her three grandkids. She says things have been tough for both her daughter and son this year.

"They are just getting established and still don't have quite enough money to buy toys for their kids, and I kind of convinced them to sign up for "toys for tots".

Stanley says while they were reluctant to sign up because they've never had to before, she is glad they did, because she couldn't help out either.

"It made me feel really bad that I couldn't do anything because I am on unemployment and my unemployment is running out next week. I don't have any money to help them and to do something for the kids."

 However, now there will be several toys under the tree. Those toys will be from Santa, Mommy and Daddy, and Grandma.

"Their eyes are going to so bright and shiny when they see the toys and Santa will have a visit for them, and we're actually going to be able to provide something for them under the tree."

Stanley says to be able to do that is all she could ever ask for and she can't thank the community enough.

 "Thank god for them and thank you everybody that helped, it wouldn't have been possible if they didn't help." @

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