UPDATE 12/19/2013 5:10 PM
Christmas is just days away and one area hotel is doing what it can to make it merry and bright for kids here at home.
The Blennerhassett Hotel is proud to be a part of Toys for Tots again this year.
They're holding an all-day drive from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and volunteers will help collect toys.
Staff Sergeant Cliff Hecker says members of the U.S. Marines will be on hand in their dress blues.
"Unfortunately, there are children that are underprivileged that live in our local community and me as a person -- I think it's just in our human nature to help out those who need help," Hecker says. "So having our last push at the end of the year just allows us to help that many more kids."
He says this time of year the community comes out of nowhere to make sure everybody enjoys the spirit of Christmas.
The Blennerhassett Hotel supports Toys for Tots to spread that cheer a little more.
Make a child's holiday brighter.
Toys for Tots kicks off its drive this weekend and they need your help.
Parkersburg hosts a successful drive every year with community support and organization of the U.S. Marines.
Staff Sergeant Cliff Hecker says children whose parents can't afford to buy them gifts can still have the Christmas they dream of.
"We're looking for new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations if you so wish to give and we'll purchase toys on your behalf," he says. "We're always short on younger kids, toddlers -- and we always seem to lack on early teens; it's just a hard age to fill. So any help is always much appreciated."
Toys for Tots is special to Hecker because he was once one of these kids.
Now that he's older he says this is his way of paying back what was given to him.
To make a donation, go to any of these locations:
K-Mart South Side/Vienna
Big Lots South Side/Vienna, Marietta
Parkersburg South High School
Hamilton Jr. High School
Dollar General/Rt. 95, Mineral Wells, St. Marys Ave, Vienna, Elizabeth
Family Dollar/Elizabeth, South Side, Lubeck
Toys R' Us/Main Outlet and Mall location
Cox's Pharmacy/Mall location
Simonton Windows/Rosemar Road
Crossroads Country Store
Vigneron Insurance Agency
Lemons Farm Equipment
Calhoun Bank - Elizabeth
Vienna Christmas Parade
PKB Christmas Parade/Toys for Tots Holiday Auction
9am-12pm (sponsored by Coca-Cola at Pike Street Lanes)
WalMart South Side
Elizabeth Court House
WalMart South Side
Parkersburg City Park
6-9pm (with the Parkersburg Police Department)
K-Mart South Side