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ONLY ON 3: Lorri Wyatt carries on late husband's Toys For Tots campaign

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The Marines annual Toys For Tots campaign kicked off this week, missing one very important person.

Staff Sgt. David Wyatt had volunteered to lead the effort, but he was among the five servicemen who died in the July 16 shootings on Amnicola Highway.  

Lorri Wyatt said her late husband believed strongly in Toys For Tots, and she's proud to help spread the word, in his honor. "This helps keep his legacy alive," she said.

The toys are adding up at Hixson Elementary on day two of a three-week campaign to collect toys for children who might not otherwise have presents under the tree.

It's a cause close to Lorri's heart. David was set to oversee the campaign this year, and Lorri is determined to ensure his work goes on.

Hixson Elementary students are helping sort new, unwrapped toys that have been donated by parents, fellow students, and other schools that are collecting throughout Hamilton county (Hixson Middle and High, Rivermont, Ganns, Westview, Big Ridge, and Thrasher Elementary Schools, and Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts.  The Chattanooga School for Liberal Arts provided many of the toys on opening day. Hixson Elementary principal Julie Fine says she is grateful that so many county schools are participating.

Lorri Wyatt says local Marines who served with her husband, and the other fallen servicemen are conducting this year's campaign in honor of Staff Sgt. Wyatt.  For everyone involved, it's a labor of love. She said, "He was really looking forward to this.  He had big plans for some great events, it was very special to him."

She said the toys in biggest demand are for girls age 3-18 and boys age 13 and up.

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