Toys for Tots provided gifts to kids living in the Stateline

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Some families got to visit with Santa a bit early this year and even were given some of their Christmas gifts.

The Chicago-Rockford International Airport hosted Toys for Tots for the 6th year. Santa flew in on an airplane and then about 75 kids got to sit down and tell Santa what they are hoping to see under their Christmas trees this year. One mother says that this program is the only reason her kids will have a Christmas this year.

“Family's can't afford presents every year for whatever reasons. Someone may have just got laid off or something like that you never know. It really helps and the emails I get thanking us for getting the toys to the kids it really makes you feel good. That's what we are all about,” said Bruce Giersch, Toys for Tots coordinator.

"This year we lost my husband. So in the process of losing my husband, we also lost our main income so it messed up a lot of stuff this year and they were gracious enough to be able to help us with presents and getting things that the kids need,” said Crystal Houston, mother whose kids received gifts through Toys for Tots.

It is not too late to sign up for Toys for Tots. You can go online and register at until December 7th.