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Local firefighters and military members collecting toys for tots

Posted at 7:49 AM, Nov 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-24 10:59:33-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department and local military members are working to put smiles on the faces of kids this holiday season. The 2019 Toys for Tots drive started Sunday.

The fire department is partnering with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. They have been collecting toys for more than 15 years.

Through December 16, all San Diego Fire facilities will be collecting toys and books. The items must be new and unwrapped.

Toys for Tots is in its 71st year. U.S. Marines distribute the donated items to the children each year. Since 1947, more than 244 million children have benefited from the toy drive.

Local Marines are asking for volunteers to help distribute the items, Monday through Friday, from 9a to 3 pm. The distribution site is at 9955 Pomerado Road.