KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not often you'll hear a Marine ask for help. But when it's to help children, they're willing to do it.
Gunnery Sgt. William T. McClain has a status report on the campaign.
"We're underway. A little bit reduced from last year," he said.
He might be understating things a little.
The bins at the Toys for Tots command post are nearly empty.
That means the Marines Corps Reserve won't be able to come to the rescue of needy children this Christmas. McClain appreciates what has been donated so far.
"I do appreciate the folks of Kansas City last night showing to the Kansas City Chiefs game. Got a pretty good turnout last night we got 900 plus toys and donations out there," he said.
But that still leaves a lot of kids out in the cold.
They usually get the most donations for the 3 through 5 age group, but even that is coming up short.
"But pretty much zero to 15 years of age and both genders, I need it all, yes sir," he said.
McClain said donations usually get going Thanksgiving weekend. He doesn't know what happened this year.
"It's probably just a little, you know, late," he said.
But he's depending on the people of this community.
"I got no doubt at all they'll come through for the children of Kansas City,' he said.
McClain said monetary donations are the most help, but they will take new non- gift wrapped toys for all ages.
We will be at the following Walmart locations between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, collecting the toys. You can either bring in a new, unwrapped toy, go inside and pick something out from the Walmart toy department, or donate money.
Lee's Summit, Missouri
1000 NE Sam Walton Lane
Kansas City, Missouri
135th and State Line
7207 N. Highway M-1 (72nd and North Prospect)