SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, SC (WFXG) - More than 15,000 toys and bicycles will be under the tree for hundreds of underprivileged children in the CSRA this year thanks to the generosity of employees at the Savannah River Site.
"It's always a blessing," said Julie Kirby, chairperson for Toys for Tots. "SRS employees are amazing. They always come through at this time of year."
She has seen hundreds of thousands of toys over the years go to families in need of a helping hand during the holiday season.
"I've actually teared up several times, as you will see them tear up when they come in and see, someone actually cares enough to give them something, to make sure their child has a Santa Claus," said Kirby.
Even the Marines are involved in this special event.
"Many people have called me this year, that are really struggling, and especially those kids with parents who are having a hard time, this will let them know that Christmas does not pass them by."
With new projects expected to come to SRS, officials said the program could keep growing.
"Additional companies come to the site, additional contractors, and they learn of this program, they readily recognize that it is a very worthwhile project to participate in and so everybody wants to be a part of this," said Fred Dohse, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) Executive Vice President & COO.