Angela Malek wants to make sure every child in Osceola, Mecosta and Lake counties has a gift to open this Christmas. It\u2019s been her mission for the past 18 years.\u00a0 For the past three years, Malek has been the coordinator of Mecola Counties Toys for Tots, which services children in Osceola, Mecosta and Lake counties. With Christmas nearing on the calendar, Malek is hard at work again collecting toys for this year\u2019s distribution. However, there has been a shortage of donations compared to a year ago, and Malek is reaching out to the public, business owners, and anyone else who is interested in making the holidays special for one child. Donation boxes were placed in several locations throughout the three counties, such as grocery stores \u2014 locally-owned and chain, Family Dollar stores, Dollar General stores, Meijer,\u00a0and Walmart. \u201cI try to go at least once every two weeks to check on the boxes and collect whatever donations are there,\u201d Malek said. \u201cWe are in need of toys this year. The boxes have been empty.\u201d\u00a0 As of this week, between the three counties, there are 104 families that have applied to participate in Toys for Tots with a total of 662 children, Malek said.\u00a0 Monetary donations can be sent through mecola-mi.toysfortots.org or by mailing a check, payable to Toys for Toys, to Malek at 9365 Davey St., Lake, Michigan, 48632.\u00a0 \u201cWe really need help this year so we don\u2019t leave any kids behind and not get a gift for Christmas,\u201d Malek said.\u00a0 This year\u2019s distribution \u2014 for all Osceola, Mecosta and Lake counties \u2014 will be Dec. 11 at the Big Rapids Eagles Club, at 18361 16 Mile Road, Big Rapids.