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Toys for Tots accepts new and unwrapped gifts for all ages, newborns through adults.

Now, I know what some of you are thinking: Toys for Tots is a Reserve function, and as such, us grubby active duty guys aren't supposed to get our mitts anywhere near it.

"This is a truly worthwhile effort that is undertaken in our county each year by volunteers who obviously understand the spirit of the holiday season, " said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo.

In times of economic uncertainty, parents take care of what's most important first - a place to live, food, and warmth. Of those donations, some go to the Marine Corps for distribution, while others are sorted and distributed across the Chicago community.

But they can only make do with what they get, and this year, the donation bins are not filling up as fast.

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The volunteers are committed to collecting as many toys as possible, as they want to help hundreds of local families, but they can not do it alone.

The goal is to collect enough toys a week before Christmas to be able to deliver them in time.

Christmas is less than three weeks away and the Toys for Tots campaign in central in is still over 10,000 toys short of reaching their goal. The program reaches 792 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Foundation supplemented local toy collections with over 5.3 million toys valued at $65.5 million. "What do you want?,' and they say anything, it just touches your heart", Hoylman said.

The Toys for Tots drive continues until December 21.

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