Usually in December, the Marine reservists pack Toys for Tots but seeing they're all in Africa or Iraq, some of the family members came out to the warehouse to take their place. This was interesting seeing how the process works ... I'd love to do it again! While we were there, a group of hockey players from Roseville were also packing toys and a school group was coming in after us. Looks like anyone can get in on this good cause.
Our van was full with toys that all of the Rosebud's crowd generously donated. Thanks so much! We also have another load of food to take to the North St Paul food shelf ... I know they'll appreciate it a lot this time of year.
Initially, we didn't think there would be any toys to pack! How grinchy is that??? We received a call from the Marines at a little after 7am not to come but by that time, many people were on their way. However, soon after we arrived, a truck fromKARE 11 arrived and was filled with toys.
The hockey team rolled over bins of toys they had pulled off the truck ... then everything was stacked quickly so the truck could get back to the tv station for more. After that, we all went through the pile and sorted the toys into age groups. The 4-8 boys and girls bins were overflowing really fast. So were the stuffed animals ... with lots of sock monkeys! There were teams on one side of the bin putting a selection of toys into boxes. Everything was taped and labeled and very organized. The large items like bikes and snow boards were put together with shrink wrap and hauled off to another area.
I've never seen so many Candyland games in one place at once ... outside of a toy store of course. Have to admit that a little bit of bias started to show up in me ... I noticed that I was putting all of the Candyland and Chutes and Ladders in the girl bins and Connect Four and Legos in the boy bins. What can I say ... my boys went to those boy games and toys a lot quicker than the others so I was just going on memory. One of the moms there told me her little boy loved Candyland so after that I began to mend my ways. It was hard!
I know everyone says teenagers are the forgottens this time of year but what I didn't realize was that the proportion of what was given to girls was a lot less than what was given to boys. Boys 13-16 on the right ... girls on the left. The girls bin tended to end up with the scrapbooking kits or things to do with crafts. Maybe a soccer ball or two.
This was interesting ... the Marines pull out the big things ... like PlayStation or Wii and the games that go with them ... they are then sent to hospitals where more kids can enjoy them.
It was fun meeting some of the Marine families. We packed all they the toys that were delivered ... there's still time to donate more if you want!