Generous San Diegans donated nearly $95,000 and more than 11,000 toys in one day at NBC 7 and Telemundo 20's Toys for Tots Program collection site.
Thank you, San Diego!
The annual toy drive kicked off Friday morning with drop-off sites opening across San Diego County including the studios of NBC 7 and Telemundo 20.
From 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., both stations helped collect new and unwrapped toys in the Walmart parking lot located at 3382 Murphy Canyon Road.
At the end of the day, at this location alone, the two stations took in $94,538 and 11,020 toys.
NBC 7 and Telemundo 20 were only collecting toys and donations at Walmart for one day, but you can still make donations through Dec. 20 at drop locations throughout the county.
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program was founded in California in 1947. The first toy donated was a handmade doll.
Over the years, the organization has donated 548 million toys to 251 million children.
On Friday, the bins were emptied and in need of new toys and San Diego delivered.
The event kicked off with a generous $30,000 donation from Delkin Devices.
If you want to participate, please make sure you are not donating a realistic looking toy weapon or food item as those are not accepted.
Also, if you can, consider donating a toy or item for a pre-teen or teenager as they are groups in need of donated items. Some ideas for this age group range from hand-held electronics to board games, bath gift sets, backpacks, sporting equipment or hair dryers/straighteners.
If you're interested in helping but aren't interested in doing the shopping, you can also donate online.