Toys For Tots distributes gifts to families in need

      EUGENE, Ore. -- The season of giving is in full swing, and the National Guard worked with a group of dedicated volunteers to make sure every child had a great holiday season.

      Hundreds of parents lined up outside the National Guard center in Springfield just before 8 a.m. Saturday to receive gifts from the Toys For Tots program. The program is designed to help parents make their child's Christmas wish come true, even if they are having trouble making ends meet.

      Staff Sgt. Thadd Pooler said the Toys For Tots program plans on helping out around 1800 parents through Saturday.

      "It is a lot of work, but it's well worth it. Every child deserves a Christmas, even if mom and dad might be struggling. We help them get through that rough patch," said Pooler. "That's what warms the heart, a child on Christmas day getting that skateboard, that doll."

      Every year, the Marine's Toys For Tots Foundation provides funding and support for toy collection.

      Parents register with the program and receive a ticket, which allows them to come through the toy drive and select gifts based on their family's size.

      The drive goes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. In order to register and get toys, parents need to bring a picture ID or two pieces of documentation showing residency in Lane County. Documentation for children, like a birth certificate or social security card, is also required.