"We have one of the best averages nationally as far as expenditure for what we spend on toys, which is 97/3. So 97 cents per dollar is spent for toys for kids," says coordinator Amanda Rideout.
Every dollar counts, especially with a later Thanksgiving this year.
"We've got a short span between Thanksgiving and Christmas and it's usually really after Thanksgiving that things start to pick up as far as donations," says Rideout, "People think about donating for kids and toys closer to Christmas."
Toys for Tots is still rebounding from a 2010 scandal, when a local volunteer confessed to stealing from the effort.
In an attempt to prevent a repeat, many of the volunteers are family.
Rideout explains, "We're really just trying to stay with people we know well and that we really can trust. Make it as safe as possible so those toys go to the children they are meant for."
Toys for Tots expects to give gifts to roughly 10,000 children in the Bangor area. They will be accepting donations until December 18.