DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC)- The annual KWQC Toys for Tots Drive raised $10,300 and collected over 1,500 toys filling two-and-a-half 20ft. truck loads.
Starting bright and early and 6 a.m. a steady stream of cars flowed through the KWQC studios while thousands of people donated money and unwrapped toys.
The drive wrapped up around 6 p.m.
Around 3,000 families are expected to sign up to receive toys in the Toys for Tots program this year, that number is average compared to years past.
“When the families pickup on distribution day, you can just sense it from them that they’re so appreciative of what the whole area has put together,” said Sgt. John Broussard, a Marine that is part of the Toys for Tots Program.
Some who came by, taught their kids about Christmas and even got to meet Mrs. Claus.
“Their father was a marine at the arsenal,” said Heather Tucker as she turned around in her minivan. “So, we think it’s important to share what the real meanings of the holiday seasons are. So, they understand its more about giving and seeing the smiles on their faces.”
Others have kids who are grown already, so this is their way of giving back and enjoying shopping for children.
“We have four kids, but they’re all older now. So, I don’t get to buy many toys.It’s just a fun thing to do,” said Cheryl Riggen, who drove from Morrison to get her nails done and donate toys.
If you would like to sign up to receive toys from the Toys for Tots program, you have until Saturday, December 1st to do so.
Or, if you missed the KWQC donation day, you can still give a donation to the warehouse directly at 8301 42nd St. West in Rock Island, IL.
More info here.