Angel Tree Program, Toys for Tots Distribute Thousands of Toys

Santa is coming through for 1,300 Hampton Roads families and 5,000 children this year.

Volunteers with Toys for Tots and the Angel Tree program handed out bags full of toys for children in Newport News Monday. These are children who otherwise may not be getting to open presents this year.

Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and members of our community drop off new toys in collection boxes — and this is the result.

Photos: Toys for Tots in Newport News

Staff Sgt. Matthew Carroll says it’s wonderful to see so many families come through.

“We see over 800 families on the first day and we do 35 every 15 minutes all the way through until about 5 o’clock today,” said Sgt. Carroll. “It’s a two-day distribution and we’ve been here for the last two weeks filling toy orders.”

Children request certain toys on their wish list and the programs do their best to deliver.

“I wish I could see the children’s faces on Christmas morning,” said Sgt. Carroll. “It’s great, especially when you see the people that really appreciate it, they get tears and want to hug you and it’s an amazing feeling to know that you are helping someone out.”

Toys that are not distributed will be donated to area churches.