U.S. Marines and Portland Motor Club team up for Toys for Tots

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As children across Maine are heading back to school, the Toys for Tots program is kicking into high gear and is in need of donations.

Each year, Portland Motor Club and the U.S. Marines team up to put on a classic car show to benefit Toys for Tots.  

With all the rainy weather Monday, classic car enthusiasts drove their cars in and brought donations with them to give to the program.

"We typically help about 10,000 kids across eight counties every year so the need is big in the state of Maine," Sgt. Timothy Bunnell with the U.S. Marines said.  "Any time we can get out here and drum up the support and see folks like this as giving as they are here, it really helps us out a lot."

Sgt. Bunnell said the event takes in as many as 1,000 toys. Despite the rain, donations were still filling the trucks on site Monday. 

"People really want to show up because they've been collecting toys all summer long from their friends and they show up with cars full of toys which is amazing," Portland Motor Club Manager Kal Rogers said.

The event is the big kick-off to Toys for Tots year-long campaign, and organizers were pleased with this year's turnout.

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