Terre Haute, Ind. (WTHI) - Local Marines were hard at work Thursday morning.
Toys for Tots is an organization that allows families to receive brand new toys for their children.
Thursday was distribution day, and hundreds of people came to shop.
Each year, the Marines start collecting toys at the beginning of October.
All in hopes that children in need will have a good Christmas.
"Helping parents with Christmas morning for the children that are in need is just awesome. I mean, it really touches my heart," said Andrew Smith, Marine and event coordinator for distribution day.
Toy donations are collected from around the community. Then, families are able to choose toys for no cost.
Parents say it makes a big difference.
"At the end of the day, toys are expensive and that takes a lot. So we're not going to be behind on bills to get the kids happy for Christmas," said Brittany Henry, mother of two.
One mom says it's all about seeing her children's faces on Christmas morning.
"Yes, they were so happy. So happy," said Lacretia Miller, mother of two.
Kids aren't the only ones who will feel good. Those giving the gifts are just as excited.
"Lots of folks going home happy with lots of big bags in their hands. So trying to make it a good Christmas," said Michele Boyer, volunteer for distribution day.
The program helps many right here in Vigo County. This year they were able to give over 1300 children gifts.
"I'm very thankful for it. It's a really good program and it helps a lot of people," said Henry.
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