Matthew Newcomer, 11, grandson of Rosemary and Bob Kundrat, of Duryea, has been a busy young man over the last several years.
Matthew and his family have actively participated in the Toys for Tots program and have donated thousands of toys for less fortunate children.
What Matthew did was a veritable Christmas SWAT operation where he scoured the area for toys he collects all year round and then gives them to Toys for Tots when the holidays arrive. He started taking up his collection in 2006 when he was 4 years old.
Matthew is the son of Diane Kundrat Newcomer and Joseph Newcomer, of Loudon County, Va. Matthew’s dad estimates there were anywhere from 500-600 toys strung throughout his home, none of which were for his son.
This year, however, Matthew took decisive ownership of his operation. With his parents’ blessing, he opened the family home to the public, allowing visitors to enjoy the miniature train city - complete with 23 buildings and six tracks - he built with his father in exchange for donating one toy.
Matthew dropped off his toys at Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company on Dec. 6.