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Radio personality marks 38th year for Toys for Tots

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - He's a legend on central Arkansas radio, but behind that big voice is an even bigger heart. Country radio personality Bob Robbins said collecting toys for less fortunate children is a mission he's been on for nearly 40 years.

"That's my goal is to make sure every child has a Christmas," he explained. "Little trucks, little dolls, horse riding sticks, you know. Anything that a small child would love, that will keep that imagination in their minds and in their hearts that's what makes it all work."

This year, Robbins said, will mark 38 years of collecting for Toys for Tots. Sadly, the annual Toy Hill event had to be pushed back a weekend this year due to winter weather, and even though Mother Nature is expected to not cooperate again this weekend, Robbins remains optimistic.

"People in the state of Arkansas--you know how they are--their hearts are as big as we are in the state, and they'll come through for the children who won't have a Christmas," he said.

Part of what keeps him coming back every year is putting smiles on children's faces on Christmas morning.

"If we adults keep Christ in our heart, then it's all going to work out. Keep that imagination in those kids' hearts. That's going to work out," he added.

Beginning Friday evening and ending Sunday afternoon, Toy Hill will accept toy donations for 72 hours straight.

Robbins even makes Toy Hill his temporary home for the weekend, broadcasting and living out of an RV in the Clear Channel Metroplex parking lot. It's all part of his commitment to making Christmas a little brighter.

"If I could just be a part of them helping Santa, boy I'm happy," he smiled.

Donations will be accepted around the clock at the Clear Channel Metroplex off Colonel Glenn in Little Rock through Sunday. All toys need to be new and unwrapped. All the donations stay in Arkansas, and Marines with Toys for Tots will distribute them.