Marines Kick Off Toys For Tots

Because of the downturn in the economy, more children are expected to go without gifts this Christmas. Every year, the Marine Corps works to make sure all kids have something to open on Christmas Day.

They set up bins and collected toys to kick off the Toys for Tots drive Saturday at Edgewater Mall. All the gifts will be given to the Salvation Army so the organizatoin can distribute them to needy children.

The Marine Corps set up at the mall to try to bring some visibility to the Toys for Tots campaign.

"Toys for Tots normally starts around the October, November time frame, and a lot of people, especially down in the South aren't thinking about Christmas," Toys for Tots Coordinator Derek Warr said.  "What we're trying to do is bring the Christmas spirit in before the actual Christmas gets here."

Last year, more than seven thousand coast children received Christmas gifts from the Salvation Army.