Toys For Tots donation drive: 'Every kid deserves a Christmas'

Toys For Tots donation drive: 'Every kid deserves a Christmas'

EUGENE, Ore. -- On Sunday, a slew of emergency vehicles from fire, police and medical services filled the parking lot of ShopKo in north Eugene.

In the middle of the ambulances and fire trucks was a bear mascot perched atop an EPD rescue vehicle. The bear spent most of Sunday waving to children and passing cars on Coburg Road.

The vehicles, 30 men in uniform and half-dozen other mascots milling around the parking lot were taking part in a Toys for Tots donation drive.

Thadd Pooler was one of the three marines that handpicked toys from ShopKo to help fill the donation boxes.

"There's only gonna be three of us in the store shopping. Can't have everybody in there, we would have a mad house!" said Pooler.

Each of the three Marines had a $4,000 budget and the goal of filling as many carts as possible.

Pooler told KVAL news that while it was tough to make every penny spend during the shopping spree count, it was worth it to help children in need.

"Every child deserves a Christmas." Pooler said.

The Toys for Tots drive accepts new and unwrapped toys and games for children under 12 years old. 

Each of the toys purchased today will be distributed to families in need within Lane County.