San Diego, Ca.: Toys For Tots riders drive home need for donations

Each year, local units of the Marine Corps Reserve collect new, unwrapped toys through the Toys For Tots program and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in their home communities.

This year, Retired Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Michael Harris said he expects about 70,000 requests to come in to Toys For Tots.

To help fill the requests, up from about 64,000 last year, Harris has organized a Toys For Tots ride on Sunday, Nov. 22 with El Cajon H.O.G. motorcycle club along with San Diego Jeep club, Tierra Del Sol 4×4 club, San Diego Adventure Riders, and others all delivering hundreds of donated toys to a centralized collection point at the Del Mar racetrack.

Harris said he initially began volunteering with the main Toys For Tots program when he was stationed at Miramar; he later organized the first Toys For Tots ride to draw attention— and hopefully more donations—after he realized the extent of local need.

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