CHANDLER, Ariz. (FOX 10) - Patricia Garza and her children waited in line outside of the Chandler Boys and Girls Club all morning.
Like many other families, the mother of seven is grateful for the opportunity to give the gift of Christmas to her children. Although tough times made it seem almost impossible, Toys for Tots was one of the things on Garza's wishlist.
"I am so grateful to be honest, it's a blessing for everyone to be able to help out," she said. "I thought I wasn't going to be able to make it today because I usually work during night time because of my shift, but I made it today so I'm so happy that I could be here and bring the kids as well."
It's a toy distribution day the East Valley Marine Corps League, Chandler police and a number of other organizations collectively pitched into each year, bringing over 20,000 toys to needy children.
"Some children in this part of the East Valley have nothing and they're living in low income families, so we've opened the doors," said Barbara Farmer of Toys for Tots. "They've spent a year collecting these toys."
Every child leaves with a small, medium and large toy, a stuffed animal and an art project and book.
It's a Christmas these families wouldn't otherwise get this year but are beyond thankful for.
"We have children who come up with parents who just sit on the floor and cry, thanking us for just a bike for their child," Farmer said. You'll see that little kids look up and they'll get right on it and it's the first bike they've ever had. It's the first book they've ever had. It's the first Christmas that they've ever has [sic] toys."