Bonding with Santa

Case Esquivel, 2, of Greenville meets Santa Claus Saturday at Walmart. Santa was helping Hunt County Toys for Tots gather donations.

There is still time to donate toys or to sign up to receive toys with the local Toys for Tots organization in Hunt County.

On Monday, Santa Claus paid a visit to the Toys for Tots Hunt County warehouse to help organize toys with his elf helpers, separating them into different age groups. Cardboard boxes were full of toys that had been donated over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and needed to be counted and sorted.

Teri Roundtree with Toys for Tots said that the organization currently has enough toys to give to 1,100 local children.

“You see all of the toys we have,” Roundtree said motioning to the almost wall-to-wall stacks in the facility. “Our hope is to have this room completely empty by Christmas day.”

Matt Trimble, also with the local Toys for Tots organization, said that there is still time to register to receive assistance.

“Dec, 7 is the last day to register,” Trimble said. “We couldn’t have done all of this without the great support from the community.”

Toys for Tots was founded in 1947 by U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Major Bill Hendricks, who donated 5,000 toys to children in Los Angeles at Christmas time the first year. The organization’s iconic three-car train logo was designed by none other than Walt Disney, a personal friend of the founder.

Every year, millions of toys are distributed to children across the country at Christmas time through the organization.

Donations are also still being sought to help even more children in Hunt County. To register or to find out how to donate, visit huntcountytx.toysfortots.org.

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