NEW YORK (1010 WINS/WCBS 880) — There may still be 59 days until Christmas, but it’s not to early to think about holiday giving.

The Toys For Tots program on Long Island is starting a little early this year, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

1010 WINS reporter Mona Rivera with more

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, along with Nassau and Suffolk County police officials, joined members of the U.S. Marine Corps to kick off the program at Oheka Castle in Huntington.

Major Chuck Kilbride said he realizes many people aren’t even thinking about the winter holidays.

“Unfortunately the economy is very, very bad and we anticipate a greater need for toys so we figured we’d start the program up a little early,” Kilbride told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera.

People are being asked to donate new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls. The toys will be distributed to needy children during the holidays.

“When a child is going to face a Christmas without a toy and when he opens his door to go downstairs, he sees that Toys For Tots has delivered, it’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling,” Kilbride said.

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