(12/03/12) - As we get closer to Christmas, the Toys for Tots organization is getting busier.
Monday is the first day to sign up in Genesee County.
There was one car there at 5 a.m. and it was joined by several others, even though the front doors didn't open until 9.
Inside, the shelves are stocked with toys and games for good girls and boys. The Marine Corps Reserve will help Santa make sure there's something special under the tree.
"I believe every child should be able to wake up Christmas morning and be able to unwrap a toy and be able to feel the joy they have in doing that," said Gary Stanley, Marine Corps Reserve.
Last year, Toys for Tots in Genesee County provided gifts for about 2,800 families.
"I've watched that number increase each year and I've watched us continue to meet the need of this community," Stanley said.
In Lapeer County, Toys Tots brought smiles to 400 families last year.
"If you have any difficulties, come and see us. We will help you for your kids. We will make sure your children have a good Christmas," said Russ Jacko, Marine Corps League.
When they register, parents and guardians need to bring with them identification and birth certificates for each child they want to help.
Toys for Tots compares its list of parents to that of the Salvation Army and Old News Boys to make sure there no duplication of services.
As always, Toys for Tots needs you to be as generous as you can so they can spread the joy.
"We need people to drop a new, unwrapped toy into that box and support us or to give us a donation, monetary donation so we can go purchase toys," Stanley said.
For a list of hours and locations in Flint and Lapeer, click HERE. flint-mi.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/local-faq.aspx
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