Panama City Toys for Tots collects record number of toys

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - After a very successful drive involving many organizations and drop off locations, Toys For Tots started distributing the fruits of their labors Monday.

When the final count was tallied, they had collected over 23,000 toys for needy kids in our area.

The toys were sorted by gender and age to help fulfill the needs of the many organizations that would be getting them. The Salvation Army, Anchorage Children's Home, Children's Home Society, and the
Boys and Girls Clubs of Bay County are among the many organizations receiving toys this year.

John Shepard, founder of Toys for Tots Panama City, said "In a grand scenario maybe I'd give five toys per child, that way, I mean these kids, they relatively have nothing that's why they're in these programs. You know, their family is on hard times for whatever reason, and we're there to make Christmas good for them."

The Toys for Tots program is supported by over 600 communities throughout the country and is the signature charity for the Marine Corps Reserves.