By: Katie Jones
A miracle on 18th street Tuesday during CBS4's 2nd annual Toys for Tots drive and tons of Santa's little helpers came out to give Quad City kids a merry Christmas. From sunrise to sunset, folks were stopping by the district all day to drop off lots of toys, cash and some pretty hefty checks.
"1,000 dollars that's going to help a lot of kids that we buy toys for, it's going to go a long way." Staff Sergeant Mat Starratt from the USMC said.
The wonderful 1,000 dollar donation was dropped off by Rock Island resident Vickie Wetzel. She said Toys for Tots is very near and dear to her heart. "Every kid deserves a Merry Christmas and unfortunately there's a lot of people today that don't have the money and I'm fortunate enough to be able to donate," Wetzel said.
Even though Vickie can't watch each and every child open their gifts, she feels joy knowing her donation made a difference. "Unfortunately I don't get to see the kids but I know they appreciate whatever they get just so they have something," Wetzel said.
The Marine Corps will give be giving the toys to quad city families around the second week of December so kids will have them just in time to open on Christmas.