Marines launch Toys for Tots drive

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The U.S. Marines are hoping to collect more than 218,000 toys, books and stocking stuffers in the Twin Cities – last year's total – for more than 157,000 Minnesota children this Christmas, the Star Tribune reports. The 64-year-old Toys for Tots drive begins Monday and will continue through Dec. 20.

Marines at Fort Snelling coordinate the annual metro toy drive, the newspaper notes. Toys are distributed through participating agencies to children from infants to 16-year-olds. Often there is a shortage of toys for infants and teenagers.

The Toys for Tots website lists drop sites for toy donations. Among them is a toy warehouse at 2633 Minnehaha Ave. in south Minneapolis, and a KARE 11-sponsored tent open through Dec. 19 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. daily. It's at 8811 Olson Memorial Hwy. in Golden Valley.

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