Overwhelming Support for the 2016 22News Toys for Tots Collection

(Sgt. Eric Morin surrounded by toys in WWLP’s lobby.)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) –  Two trailers and two box trucks were filled with toy donations when WWLP’s annual Toys for Tots collection concluded on December 12. A crew of Marines took nearly four hours to pack all the toys and fill the trucks to capacity. Sgt. Eric Morin said, “This is the most toys I’ve seen in one place at one time. This is incredible.”

In addition to toys, gift cards and monetary donations were also contributed to Toys for Tots during the collection period which began on November 28.

WWLP President and General Manager Bill Pepin commented, “For over two decades, our viewers have demonstrated incredible generosity during our annual Toys for Tots campaign. The donations each year seem to top the prior year’s collection. It’s so gratifying for us to facilitate the efforts of the U.S. Marine Corps. Helping to brighten the holidays for local children in need is something all of us at the station look forward to each year.”

This year, WWLP-22News and The CW Springfield partnered with AAA Pioneer Valley and Gary Rome Hyundai to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

WWLP-22News is an NBC affiliate providing local news, network, syndicated, and local programming to western Massachusetts. The station also provides superior digital breaking news and weather coverage through its website WWLP.com and on all mobile devices. WWLP 22.2 is the home of The CW Springfield. In addition to The CW network programming, 22News airs each evening at 10 p.m.