United Way of Story County (UWSC) partnered with the United States Marine Corps to bring Toys for Tots to Story County for the ninth year. Toy and gift donations for UWSC’s LIVE UNITED Toys for Tots Drive were collected from businesses on Monday, Dec. 16. The gifts have been distributed to more than 550 children, ages newborn to 18, throughout Story County.

"Over 1,700 toys were donated to make the LIVE UNITED Toys for Tots Drive extremely successful again this year," said Shannon Bardole at UWSC. "Recipients were able to receive more than one toy because of the generosity of Story County. We’re so fortunate to live in a community that supports fellow community members in need."

Volunteers helped to collect, sort and bag toys for each of the following UWSC partner agencies, who then distributed them to local families: Center for Creative Justice, ChildServe, Legal Aid Society of Story County, The Salvation Army and University Community Childcare.

Businesses and organizations collecting toys and gifts in the Ballard area included Citizens Community Center (3C’s), Fidelity Bank, Kreg Tool, LilyPad Learning Center, South Story Bank and Trust, and VisionBank.

If you would like more information about how you or your business can help next year, please contact UWSC at 515-268-5142 or unitedway@uwstory.org.