Local agencies and businesses are supporting children in need this season.
The United States Marine Corps Reserve is accepting donations for its annual Toys for Tots.
Through the program, toys are accepted and delivered to less fortunate children, according to a release.
Major William L. Hendricks founded Toys for Tots in 1947 after his wife, Diane, struggled to donate a doll to a child in need.
Hendricks and local Marine reservists were able to collect 5,000 toys.
He also sought help from celebrities, including Walt Disney, who designed the campaign’s red train logo.
Local businesses and agencies are collecting donations through December 14.
Individuals may bring new, unwrapped toys to fire stations operated by the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR), the Manassas Park Fire and Rescue Department, and the City of Manassas Fire and Rescue Department.
Gifts can also be brought to the Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Nokesville and the lobby of the McCoart Administration Building in Woodbridge.
HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge is serving as a drop off location, as well.
“We are here from Monday through Friday, 7 to 7, and Saturday, 7 through 5,” Service Advisor Jessica Ulrich said. “Come by and drop off a new, unwrapped toy for donation.”
The collected toys will be brought to the Toys for Tots collection area, where they will be processed and sent for delivery.
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