It's a magical time of year. Christmas is only weeks away, and for Amy Trimble, this season the past three years has taken on a bigger purpose.
She's taken the lead in a special program, Operation Toy Soldier. People can stop in to WaterMark or the Trimble Funeral Home and drop off a new toy, which will go right to the family of a local active duty soldier.
"When you see the Army sergeants with all the toys spread out and their lists of all the active duty soldiers that have families and they go through their lists, at one point they really are in awe that we have all these toys to give," Trimble said.
People stopping in and donating toys is a special gesture on its own, but now, Trimble is seeing something beyond expectations.
"They`re beautiful. I got tears in my eyes when I first saw this," Trimble said.
Along with the toys, someone made clothes for a doll by hand. Someone else made a table and chairs.
"I can only believe that is going to make some child incredibly happy this Christmas. I can see them coloring on it and playing games on it for years to come," Trimble said.
Toys have always been a special part of Christmas morning for kids, and for kids of active duty soldiers, it may mean so much more.
"They`re away from their families a lot, a lot of times they don`t make a lot of money. They work so hard in protecting us, and so the fact that we see people bringing in toys, it makes me happy that this community supports our soldiers in this way," Trimble said.
It's a season of smiles, and these toys will be spreading even more Christmas cheer.
Trimble says last year, they had nearly 200 toys donated to local soldiers, and this year, they're hoping to reach the 300 mark.
Operation Toy Soldier continues until December 16th.
For more information about the program, visit the Operation Toy Soldier website.