Member of Toys for Tots, a U.S. Marines Corps Reserves project, stopped in Franklin on Friday to collect items donated at various pickup locations in Simpson County.

The two stops included Kentucky Downs and Hunt Ford, businesses that heavily participate in the cause every year.

"This year the donations are up a little bit," said Toys for Tots Coordinator Janel Doyle. "We are really excited that we have enough toys to meet the need of the county."

All of the toys collected in Franklin and Simpson County stay in the area and are given to local kids. She said it was important for the community to know that the donations stay within Simpson County.

"The (number of) kids served in Franklin this year (is) around 200," Doyle said.

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They have been collecting toys since the end of October and will continue to collect toys until next week when the toys will be passed out to the kids on Dec. 21 in Warren County, where distribution is set to take place.

The Boys and Girls Club of Franklin-Simpson is the host spot this year, where parents sign their kids up to receive a gift, but the toys are not passed out at the club.

"We thank all the places in Simpson County that allow us to have a box," Doyle said. "The more boxes mean the more toys."

Any business interested in being a drop box location next year can visit www.toysfortots.org.

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