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ANOKA, Minn. -- Thirty years ago, Toys for Joy began their mission to ensure that all children in Anoka County have gifts under the Christmas tree each year.This year, the number of families in need in Anoka County is down but that didn’t stop dozens of volunteers from spreading some holiday cheer this week."It makes you feel good," says Gary Strand, Christmas Committee Co-Chair.For three decades Toys for Joy has been putting smiles on little faces during the holiday season."It’s a huge community things, and how you can touch, even just with that one small gift, make somebody’s day or year, that’s what that kid wanted. To do that is just amazing," says Michael Hunstad, Toys For Joy Board Member.This season fewer families in Anoka County are in need of assistance."This year we’re serving 850-900 families, which is probably 3,000-3,500 kids," says Hunstad.And those who do need a little extra holiday help will receive food, toys, clothing and books so every child has a gift this holiday."It’s hard work, but it’s very rewarding, because you’ll get someone who comes in and is so grateful and they’ll cry and they’re really excited about the stuff you give them, so it’s kind of nice," says Renee Weber, Toys For Joy Secretary.Over the course of 30 years, Toys for Joy has touched the lives of over 120,000 children in Anoka"She says, ’I have never done this before, but we’re hurting,’ and I said, ’we’re helping,’ " says Strand.The smiles on the faces of thousands of children make it all worth it."To be able to hand over a toy to somebody that they say, ’all my kid wanted was a Star Wars Lego set,’ and all you could find was a small package and you hand it over and the mom starts bawling, that makes your whole week," says Hunstad.All the money raised through the Toys For Joy program stays in Anoka County. There are no overhead costs as the group operates as part of the St. Paul Association of Realtors with all services and materials volunteered or donated.(Copyright 2016 by CTN Coon Rapids. All Rights Reserved.)