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Toys for Tots to begin distribution Monday

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Toys for Tots will begin handing out toys Monday. Toys for Tots will begin handing out toys Monday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Inside the Toys For Tots warehouse, 1,000 garbage bags lay filled with toys for 1,000 families, waiting for pick-up.

“It's an awesome feeling,” Gunnery Sergeant Matthew Fleury said.

Fleury coordinates Spokane's Toys For Tots drive. He's been a part of the program for three years, but this is his first year in that role. He and the other Marine volunteers have worked tirelessly to make sure the project goes off without a hitch.

“The other 10 months of the year we get to be the rough and tough Marines,” he said. “This is the time of the year where we get to see the softer side of the Marine Corps. The compassionate side.”

And moving forward, those volunteers will work longer and longer days.

“It's exciting,” Sergeant Fleury said. “It's so special seeing the look on those children's faces.”

Starting Monday, families with a number between one and 1,000 can finally head down and pick up the toys that will ensure a merry Christmas. Sergeant Fleury says they're expecting more than 5,000 families (upwards of 20,000 children) will use Toys For Tots this year. More families will be able to pick up their toys as the weeks progress.

If you have questions, call (509) 329-2721.

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