Railcars filled with toys during Toys for Tots 40-mile trip through Westmoreland County

Toys for Tots railcars rolled through Westmoreland County Saturday, and community members came out to fill them with toys.

According to our partners at TribLIVE.com, a group of operators run the railcars through a 40-mile trip every November. The railcars travel on the Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad line from East Huntingdon to Hempfield.

The cars make various stops on their journey, and people load toys into them while they are stopped.

“We’re just amazed to be here,” said John Gonder, a representative of the North American Railcars Operators Association. “The turnout we’ve had today is just awesome.”

PHOTOS: Railcars filled with toys during Toys for Tots 40-mile trip through Westmoreland County

The event has been growing each year. About 1,700 toys were donated in 2021, which doubled the amount given in 2020.

Roughly a few hundred people visited the stop at Youngwood Station.

People in attendance came out not only to share their generosity but also to spend time with their loved ones.

“We’re here for a great, worthy cause,” said Burnadette Tabita, who was visiting the event with her whole family. “We’re excited to be here.”

Sources say the toy drive is the largest in Westmoreland County.

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