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Big Bus Toy Express collects more than 16,000 new toys at 9 stops in South Florida

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Local 10 News’ Big Bus Toy Express ended the Toys for Tots mission with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on Friday night in Coral Springs. The double-decker bus and two 27-foot trucks were full of new toys for this holiday season.

This year with the coronavirus pandemic the mission had more urgency. After nine stops in South Florida, four in Miami-Dade County and five in Broward County, the community donated more than 16,000 toys.

Since 2014, Local 10 News viewers have contributed more than 100,000 toys to the Big Bus Toy Express’ team and countless smiles. The number of toys this year will grow.

On Friday night, the team was still at work. Some local businesses contributed large checks. Santa Claus’ helpers also teamed up with the Miami Foundation to accept donations online.

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About the Authors:

Eric Yutzy joined Local 10 News as a news anchor and reporter. He co-anchors Local 10 News on weekday mornings.

Kristi Krueger has built a solid reputation as an award-winning medical reporter and effervescent anchor. She joined Local 10 in August 1993. After many years co-anchoring the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., Kristi now co-anchors the noon newscasts, giving her more time in the evening with her family.