Volunteers hand out toys at Norcross center

NORCROSS - More than 400 toys were distributed to children Dec. 20, at the annual Toys for Tots event at the Norcross Human Services Center, where kids bounced in a moon walk as parents waited in the rain.

"Especially during this time, with the economy so bad, we don't have a way to get toys for our kids," said Tomas Cruz, a father of three.

Volunteers lined up to help hand out gifts and to greet kids with cookies and juice, a press release said. The gifts were donated from the Marines' Toys for Tots program and by Sarah and Adam Nerenbaum, a mother-son volunteer team.

This was the fifth year for the center's event. The majority of the children who receive gifts are referred by the Head Start pre-K program.

In the release, Norcross Center Coordinator Ingrid Hervey said the program often provides the children their only gift of the holiday season.

"They stood out in the rain. Nobody moved," Hervey said. "That should tell you how important this is to them."