100K gifts needed for this year’s Toys for Tots campaign

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Toys for Tots campaign is in full swing with drop-off locations set up throughout Rhode Island.

On Sunday, a toy drive was held at Toys R Us on Bald Hill Road in Warwick.

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. William Fitzpatrick is heading this year’s campaign in Rhode Island. He says there is a need for 100,000 toys and every gift gets him closer to that target, which is a lot more than just a number.

“All of the toys that I’m distributing go to the less fortunate children. Families that don’t have necessarily the funds to provide a great Christmas for their kids and every kid should be able to have a big smile for Christmas.”

“You wish for everyone to have what you can provide for your kids and unfortunately, not everyone can so, it’s important for us to teach the little ones,” Sarah Lovegreen of Warwick said.

Trey Miller and the crew from HOT 106 and 92 PRO-FM broadcasted from the Toys R Us parking lot since Friday afternoon as part of their “Stuff a Bus” event. Their goal of that event is to fill a bus up with toys to donate to the less fortunate. Stuff a Bus pulled in more than 1,800 toys as of Sunday morning, which is more than double the donations from last year.

“People bring one toy, two toys and that’s great, but people today have been bringing bags of toys,” Miller said.

Staff Sgt. Fitzpatrick says they often need more gifts for infants and girls over 11 years old; he will make a final pickup of donations on Friday.

If you’d like to donate, Eyewitness News is collecting new, unwrapped toys in our lobby at 25 Catamore Blvd in East Providence until December 23. Donations are also being accepted at all Cardi’s Furniture stores until December 23rd.

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