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"Toys for Tots" Program Needs Missoula Donations

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MISSOULA -

Organizers with the Toys for Tots program said donation numbers are down this year, and they're asking for the community's help in boosting donations.

The Toys for Tots program was started in 1947, and is run by Marine Corps Reserves across the country.

In Missoula, a group of five volunteers collect new, unwrapped toys during the fall and distribute them to local families in need.

Organizers said they have 82 collection boxes at businesses across town, but they're nervous about the low donation numbers they've recorded this year.

Will Deschamps, of Toys for Tots, said, "We're serving children that may not have a toy under the tree on Christmas, there are other reasons for Christmas, it is not just a season of toys, but we try and do what we can to help them."

Families in Missoula County can sign up for toy donations at the Salvation Army on Broadway Street.

Toys for Tots organizers will give the gifts out on Friday, December 20, at the Salvation Army.

To find out how to make a make a donation, click here.

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