Murray - MURRAY (ABC4 Utah News) - Superheroes and the real life heroes of the U.S. Marines Corps are on a mission to save Christmas for tens of thousands of Utah children through Toys For Tots.
On Thursday night they shopped for toys at the Murray Walmart with employees of the Tim Dahle Automotive Group who raised $40,000.
"It's overwhelming to see the generosity of the employees," Owner Tim Dahle told ABC4 Utah News. "The people I work with are the ones driving this. Just gratitude is the probably the overwhelming emotion I have."
The $40,000 bought a lot of toys but the need is great with more than 10,000 children registered for this program in the Salt Lake Valley alone.
"The toys themselves go right back into our own community down in Utah County and here in Salt Lake," Dahle said. "At the end of the day it matters to the families that otherwise would not have a Christmas."
For Tabatha Contreras who plays Wonder Woman, Toys For Tots has a special meaning because of a 6 year old girl she once visited in the hospital.
"I asked her what she wanted for Christmas and she's like 'Honestly will you just hold me?'," Contreras said. "So I held her about 45 minutes and she's just relaxed and she turned and just said 'Will you just hold me 'til Jesus comes?' and she passed away about a couple minutes later."
Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted through Friday, December 16th at the Good4Utah studio (2175 West, 1700 South in Salt Lake City) or participating Papa Murphy's locations in Utah, Elko, Nevada and Evanston and Rock Springs Wyoming. For a complete list of locations go to: http://www.good4utah.com/toysfortots
You may register a needy child for the program through Wednesday, December 14th at http://toysfortots.org/request_toys/Default.aspx
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