(Memphis) Thirteen-thousand Mid-South families are having their Christmas wishes come true thanks to Toys for Tots.
Friday, the organization handed out thousands of donated toys to hundreds of families who lined up to pick up their gifts.
“I give the glory to God,” said Sheila Thomas, who has five children.
It’s that kind of exhilaration that anyone would feel, making it through a line longer than a football field.
“How long have you been out here?” asked reporter Sabrina Hall.
“About two hours,” said Beverly Buchanan, a Frayser grandmother.
“How long do you think you have until you get to the door?” asked Hall.
“About two hours,” said Buchanan.
The little faces made it worth it.
“Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas,” said 6-year-old Alyia Thomas.
“This is my first time,” said Tylon Dowdy, who is 7 years old.
“What do you think about all this?” asked Hall.
“I think it’s really long line but I can get through it.”
What are you hoping to get?” asked Hall
“Maybe a little action figure,” said Dowdy.
If you donated to Toys for Tots this year, these are the people receiving you generosity.
“Is it going to be worth it for you?” asked Hall.
“ Yes,” said Whitney Banks. “Anything for my children.”
With this many people, you’d expect some drama.
“We had a woman hit someone’s car,” said Banks. “A group of girls told us that someone was towing vehicles, so that made everybody get out of line.”
But once people got inside, the chaos was controlled.
Toys for Tots only let five people at a time inside the building.
This is what awaited them: Bikes, toys, and bags of gifts gathered and given out by the Marines.
“There is a bag that represents every family out there,” said 1st Sgt. Marquis Young with Toys for Tots.
Toys for Tots gives at least three toys for every child.
“What would you like for Christmas?” asked Hall.
“A Hello Kitty Car,” said Thomas.
The little ones might not get exactly what they wished for but will have something under the tree.
“These people need us,” said 1st Sgt Marquis.
“So it’s worth the wait?
“Yeah, just to see their faces on Christmas morning,” said Buchanan.
The Marines gave out toys to just Shelby County families Friday.
Saturday, they give toys out to five other counties in the Mid-South.