If you're looking for a way to help out families in need this holiday season, you need look no further than Parkville High School.
Students at the school, located at 2600 Putty Hill Avenue, will begin collecting toys for the US Marines Toys for Tots Foundation on Friday morning.
The program, which is in its ninth year, is organized by students in the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program and the Class of 2014.
The school's doors will be open for donors to drop off toys from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. on school days through Dec. 14. Each morning from 7 until about 7:40 a.m. a uniformed member of the JROTC will be posted to guard the box.
In years past the school has collected more toys than the 4th Combat Engineer Batallion could distribute through the program. Additional toys were donated to homeless shelters and single-parent families in the Parkville area.
If you can't make it to Parkville High, area businesses are also hosting collection boxes for the school's drive. You can find additional drop-off locations at: