Marines Replace Toys Destroyed by Flooding

A holiday wish comes true, thanks to the Marines.  The leathernecks Toys for Tots stepped in on Monday to help replace toys destroyed by flooding during last week's storm.

The Salvation Army was desperate for toy donations, after water seeped up through the foundation of the downtown Salvation Army, and into about 50 boxes filled with donated toys, ruining more than 1,000 of them.   Workers said it was a huge setback, with the distribution deadline less than three weeks away, and with a growing number of families in need in the San Diego area.

On Monday, Marines from the Miramar Reserve Center lent a hand.  They didn't arrive in a sleigh, but at the helm of a forklift.

"One of our biggest beliefs is that every kid deserves a little Christmas, and we didn't want to see and kids go without, so we decided to step up and help them out," said Staff Sgt. Patrick Russ.

The program only accepts new or unwrapped toys that can be dropped off at several locations throughout the county.  Read more about "Toys for Tots" to find out how you can get involved.

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