NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — U.S. Marines helped kick off the annual Toys for Tots drive Thursday in Times Square.

On the first day of Chanukah, they joined with Jewish and other religious leaders to start collecting toys.

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With the pandemic this year, the need is greater than ever.

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The U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots program is the nation’s largest toy drive for kids in need.

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