TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The first ever ToyStock brought together area musicians, the Marines and a plethora of toys, all to help area children enjoy Christmas.
Area bands and musicians performed Saturday at the Joseph A. Bray Marine Corps Detachment. Organized by Musicians Giving Back, the event came close to its $10,0000 goal, with total donations reaching $9,259.
Nine and a half boxes of toys filling four pickup trucks were collected for distribution to area children, in addition to the $9,259 collected for the effort and additional funds collected online through the Toys for Tots website.
Rubber Biscuit, Matthew Westerfield, Cheap & Easy, Chain Reaction, and The Rhythm Relics performed. Members of the Marine Corps Reserves stationed in Terre Haute stood along Lafayette Ave. and accepted donations. Chief Petty Officer Jose Saenz coordinates the Toys for Tots efforts for the Wabash Valley. Randy Torrance is Commandant of the the Marine Corps League Detachment.
“We’re very happy with the outcome of the event,” said Jimmy Hollingsworth, musical director and organizer for Musicians Giving Back. “Everyone was really generous and gave from their hearts.”
“The event went well,” said Bob Flott, publicity director for Musicians Giving Back and co-organizer. “We tried something that had never been done in Terre Haute, and it worked well for the most part.”
Toys for Tots is an annual project by the Marine Corps Reserve. Distribution of the toys collected began Tuesday.