VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - The annual Toys for Tots campaign kicked off last week at local toy stores.
Since the program's inception in 1947, U.S. Marines have handed out more than 416 million toys for children around the world.
"This is the third time this box has been filled up in the past two days, so for the children, it's gonna be a great Christmas," Gregory Rogers with the U.S. Marine Corps said.
Once the Marines collect the toys, they take them to a warehouse where parents can shop and take home items for their children.
Toys For Tots bins are located outside most local Toys R Us locations
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.