KITTERY — Volunteers from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are delivering thousands of toys that will become Christmas presents for children in need.

The annual Caravan of Toys rolls out from the Kittery shipyard this morning bound for charitable organizations and social service agencies in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Those groups and agencies in turn will distribute the toys to children in their communities.

The annual event is sponsored by the Naval Civilian Manager Association, which collected enough donations this year to purchase 2,700 toys.