Make Every Child Smile Toy Drive

The toy drive is open for any Northland family in need.

DULUTH, Minn.– Four days until Christmas and Northlanders are busy shopping, the second annual Make Every Child Smile Toy Drive ensures all families can shop.

The event is put together by a local entrepreneur Mike Letica. Letica said a Facebook post last year took off and now the toy drive will be an annual event. This year hundreds of gifts were donated from Northlanders and around $500 were raised.

Officials said within the first hour the toy drive was so successful volunteers ran out to grab more toys.

“It’s just great, they just love it,” volunteer Emma Haugen said. “The environment is just great to be here around with everyone that’s so positive.”

The Iron Mug was full of Christmas spirit, volunteers greeted northland shoppers then helped wrap each present. The Make Every Child Smile differs from other toy drives because it offers an open door to anyone the day of.

One volunteer said last year she used this opportunity put presents under the tree for her family. Now she’s giving back to show thanks.

“Well some people lose their security cards, or don’t have their birth cerfiticates so they can’t sign up,” volunteer Tina Sroka said. “Then they are kind of lost, they have nowhere to go. Well this, he will help you no matter what.”

Northland families left the toy drive with full smiles and some holiday cookies.

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