Toys for Tiny Soldiers Provides Gifts for Military Families
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Many military families went shopping Saturday for holiday gifts, costing them not even a penny.
The Colorado Army National Guard laid out all the toys that were donated for military families Saturday so they could offer their children a holiday worth remembering.
Families from all over the Western Slope gathered at the National Guard Armory Saturday to collect toys for themselves and other families that couldn't make the drive.
Each family was able to take three big gifts and four smaller ones.
Organizers say they helped around 100 families.
"The unfortunate thing about the military is they don't really say they're struggling. They're very proud, and it's instilled into them, but you just have to take them into the back room and be like 'hey, do you need help or not'? You do, but there's always the ones that are too proud to say anything. So, you just got to get it out of them." said Shane Willis, soldier, Colorado Army National Guard.
All the toys left over from this year will be packed up for next year.
Organizers estimate that a couple thousand toys were donated for this year's event.