Every year Toys for Tots gathers donated toys and distributes them to the community. This year … was record breaking. More than 30,000 toys were donated to the organization. That is double what it normally gets every year.
Volunteers gathered at the Carpet One store on 23rd St. in Panama City to sort the toys. They began at 5 am and continued throughout the day on Dec. 18, 2018.
John Shepard, the Panama City coordinator of Toys for Tots, says the devastation from Hurricane Michael led to the extra generosity. “The inpouring from outside the community has just been crazy. I’ve received 18 pallettes of toys just from the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation just because of Hurricane Michael.”
The toys will be distributed to 18 different agencies in the Panama City and Bay County areas. They have enough to give every kid about four toys each.