MADISON (WKOW) -- Thousands of kids in our area will have presents under the tree this year, thanks to the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
Distribution began Tuesday at the Alliant Energy Center and will last through Thursday.
Dozens of local businesses and agencies, including WKOW, have been collecting toys for weeks that will go to nearly 6,000 families.
"It's a huge help because I'm a single mother. So it just helps me save a little bit. It's a really great program. I'm glad they have it," says Latisha Miller.
About 20,000 toys were donated this year.
But the campaign was delayed by the government shutdown.
First Sgt. Timothy La Sage says, "Toys for Tots got on the back-burner until the government reopened. We got back on track and we were authorized to participate, which put us back about three weeks, almost a month on our schedule of collecting our toys. It put us back a bit, but like any other Marine mission, our mission was accomplished."
Any toys that are left over will be delivered door to door by the Marines this weekend, to the families that couldn't make it to the distribution.
For more information on the campaign, click here.
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