GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Toys For Tots have been piling up at WZZM13 and other donation locations.
Now it's time to get everything sorted, packed and distributed in time for Christmas.
"We are usually at our Grand Rapids warehouse about 20 hours a week sorting and boxing up toys and getting them ready to go," says Toys For Tots site coordinator Mindy Pierman. "All toys are sorted by age and gender, counted, packed and taken to distribution sites."
Volunteers do all of the work. Some come back year after year.
"Just felt like doing it," explains volunteer Benjamin Karczewski. "It's the Christmas season."
Toys for Tots coordinator Bill O'Connor says he has been volunteering for over 30 years.
"When I wake up Christmas morning I know we have made a difference," he says. "Because of these volunteers there are children out there opening Christmas presents. It's a cool feeling."