Toys For Tots making sure children get their toys

Published: Dec. 13, 2019 at 7:41 PM EST
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It all started last Christmas Eve when a 75-year-old man loaded up $500 worth of toys in his minivan and drove off, scamming a dealership employee into thinking he was the representative from Toys For Tots.

Ocala Two Men and a Truck Marketing Coordinator Andrea Benitez said her company wanted to help.

"We heard about what happened to Toys For Tots last year and we wanted to collect the toys to avoid this from happening again," she said.

This year things are different. Two Men and a Truck are going to be making 300 stops to ensure the toys only go to the kids who truly need them this Christmas.

Marion County Toys For Tots Coordinator Patrick Joynt says it is a win-win for everyone.

"I was trying to calculate how much time and money they're saving for us," he said. "Time, they're literally saving us probably at least a week, because it would take us at least that long to pick it up."

"As far as money goes I would say $600 to $700 at least, minimum, in gas," he said.

Benitez said the toys will be cared for.

"They are in good hands; they are with the movers who care," she said.