Scottsdale, Phoenix companies donate 1,000+ toys for Toys for Tots

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A trio of companies based in Phoenix and Scottsdale have come together to donate thousands of dollars of toys to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots program.

HR Betty, GlobalMedia and Grand Canyon University each put up $5,000 to buy the toys. With that $15,000, the company headed to Toys R Us in Scottsdale and bought more than 1,000 toys.

Bruce Haffner showed off the pallets of toys.

"It's so wonderful that the business community is supporting our toy program this year," said Tiffani Nichols of the Scottsdale Fire Department, which is coordinating the toy collection for Toys for Tots. "Every year, residents and businesses come together and drop off toys at our stations. But this is really amazing that these businesses came together to donate this many toys at one time."

The Toys for Tots program works with social welfare agencies, church groups and community organizations throughout the state to get toys to them for the holidays.

The Scottsdale Fire Department also works with the Paiute Neighborhood Center in Scottsdale.

While any donation is greatly appreciated, gifts for older kids and teens are what's most needed right now. If you're not sure what to get, those who run the program say $25 gift cards are perfect.

The Scottsdale Fire Department will be collecting toys and gifts through Dec. 24. You can drop off toys at any of the 14 stations or the headquarters.