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Toys for Tots campaign starting early due to Hurricane Florence

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Toys for Tots comes with special significance for local Marines this year. This Christmas comes on the heels of hurricane season. (Merrilee Moore, NewsChannel 12 photo)

Toys for Tots comes with special significance for local Marines this year. This Christmas comes on the heels of hurricane season.

Like much of Eastern North Carolina, Camp Lejeune endured its fair share of damage from Hurricane Florence. Toys for Tots is starting early to get a head start on collecting toys for those who need the extra help.

Toys for Tots opening ceremony was on Thursday and multiple people ended up dropping off the first toy donations of the season.

To some people, these toys are simply that -- toys. But for many, this items signal hope for those struggling to recover.

"When Hurricane Florence came through, it devastated so many homes and so many families around here; people being displaced from their residences, having to either go find a new place to live or temporary lodging. It's great for us to be able to help and donate and really either make their Christmas or supplement their Christmas," said Deputy Commander of the Marine Corps Installation Camp Lejeune Col. Scott Baldwin.

The toy collection run through Dec. 15. CLICK HERE to find a toy drop-off location near you.

Watch the video to learn more.

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