Dozens take part in Toys for Tots sort at Coast Guard Air Station
GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Dozens of volunteers filled the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station hangar for the final Toys for Tots sort on Sunday.
One of those volunteers was 9-year-old Sarah Sheeran, who's been helping out for the past six years.
"I wanted to be involved because some kids should have as many toys as I do," said Sheeran.
Sarah's mom Briget is also a volunteer and says it's a good feeling knowing that her daughter is so enthusiastic about helping out a good cause.
"It's so important this time of year especially to give back to those that don't have as much as the rest of us and Sarah in particular just really embodies that. She understands that she has a lot when there are other people that don't. And it's really important to her to make sure that everybody has something to open on Christmas," said Briget.
Sarah even decided to use money from her confirmation and first communion to contribute towards Northwest Michigan's goal of 24,000 toys.
"I bought mostly toys for babies and teenagers. Some for the middle ages but mostly babies and teenagers because they don't get that many toys as the other age group," said Sarah.
Both Sarah and Briget say they love seeing kids help out at Toys for Tots events.
"At this age it's not just teaching them about getting presents, it's about giving them as well. We feel like that's really important and so we love to see all age groups," said Briget.
Sarah wants to see more people join the cause next year.
"I hope more and more people will start donating and volunteering next year," said Sarah.
Toys for Tots will be collecting donations through the end of this week.