Toys for Tots Gifts Reach their Final Destinations

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

DOTHAN, AL--One by one, bag by bag your donations are on their way to their final destinations.

"Right now we're filling a few special orders," said Volunteer Ray Barfield.

This is Ray Barfield and his wife's first time volunteering with the program.

"Me and Kelly both have been with it for the last two weeks helping out."

They hold this event dear to their hearts, because it has a special connection to their son, Lance Corporal Jason Barfield who was killed in Afghanistan last year.

"Jason was so into toys for tots, he helped out when he would come home on leave and we're just filling and finishing up what he had done."

And with that comes an added benefit.

"It's a true comfort to come and do this there are so many kids out there who don't have what a lot of kids do have and just to know that we can come here and help with this it touches your heart it really does."

Organizers say the last few weeks have kept them busy.

"Picking them up, consolidating everything, filling the orders, getting them specially set for a family that has been very hectic," said Staff Sgt. Joseph Fernandez.

Hectic yet rewarding.

"To see someone who probably couldn't get much of anything for their child for Christmas to know that they are going out with a bag of hope for their child," said Fernandez.

A bag of hope that was made possible thanks to your generosity.

Organizers say the need this year has been greater than most and although they got lots of donations, those were in fact lower than other years.

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