ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — Christmas time is getting closer and so are the feelings of joy. Nothing expresses more joy than children on Christmas morning.
If Christmas is truly about giving and not receiving, then Christmas is alive and well in Anne Arundel County.
"Christmas is the most powerful holiday of the year, it's where we get to make magic," said Major Pete Smith.
Smith is a part of that magic. Smith is with the Marine Corps Reserves and is coordinating the Toys for Tots drive in Anne Arundel County.
"We're all Santa Claus when it comes to Toys for Tots because all of us are able to make sure there are toys in the hands of kids on Christmas day," Smith said.
A lot of "Santas" stepped up. They usually get tens of thousands of toys every year that reach more than 3,000 families, but they need help with all those toys and when you need help who do you usually call? The police.
Anne Arundel County police help every year with collecting and distributing toys.
"This one is near and dear to our hearts," Jacklyn Davis said. "It helps thousands of kids across Maryland and it's extremely rewarding. We collect the toys and we come back and package the toys up as well."
"We couldn't do it if we didn't have that partnership with those organization from a logistical stand point because there are so many toys that come in and out of here and so many families to meet their needs, that we need their help," Smith said.
Some 10,000 kids in Anne Arundel County will have theirs hearts warmed this Christmas morning by the actions of those who truly believe giving is better than receiving.