Kansas gentlemen's clubs honored for toy drive success

TOPEKA | Two Topeka gentlemen's clubs are being honored for raising some of the highest totals during the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots holiday drive.

Club Orleans and Baby Dolls raised around $7,000 during the recent toy campaign.

John Samples, owner of both clubs, welcomed the good publicity, saying his clubs aren't always the center of positive news. Samples said, "This year the girls really excelled" in appealing for donations to the annual drive.

The Marine Corps began the program in 1948, which has grown to a nationwide effort at collecting and distributing toys for lower-income children during the holiday season.