I am always impressed and proud of the community coming together over the holidays and helping those who are less fortunate. Toys for Tots benefited from your generosity and the numbers speak for themselves.

This pass holiday, Toys for Tots in West Central Illinois help 2,681 children over four counties have a Merry Christmas. And with your help and donations, handed out 12,298 toys in our community. Amazing! With the loss of a $5,000 grant given to Toys for Tots from Toys R US, the organization didn't know how they would replaced that money, but as always the community stepped up and there were many children opening gifts this passed holiday.

So I want to take a moment and thank all of you who donated a toy, money, or volunteered your time to ensure that children across the Tri-State area had something to open this passed holiday. You all truly amaze me every year, and I can't want to see us beat those numbers this year.