Toys for Tots gets weekend boost

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Collection drive continues through today at mall

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots drive was flooded with donations Saturday in the final push to make up for contributions lost during the ice storm that struck North Texas.

At Golden Triangle Mall in Denton, children brought toys they had purchased, shoppers dropped off donations, and vehicles pulled up with truckloads of toys for the nonprofit drive.

A number of cash donations were also made to help the Marines with their annual campaign.

“We’ve had a great turnout,” said mall manager Matt Ludemann. “They’re caught up.”

The planned toy drive and special Christmas events at the mall were canceled last weekend after a winter storm brought ice and sleet to the Denton area.

Most of those events were rescheduled for Saturday. The mall was filled with the sounds of live music, ventriloquists and other events as shoppers tried to catch up in the final 10 days before Christmas, Ludemann said.

He said shoppers arrived earlier than usual and more crowds are expected today, when the mall is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Toys for Tots will also be accepting toys at the mall today.

“We’ve had great crowds,” Ludemann said. “The parking lot is jam-packed. It’s pretty positive.”

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