That's a Wrap for the News 5 Great Toy Drive

That's a Wrap for the News 5 Great Toy Drive

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MOBILE, Ala. - Thousands of donations from hundreds of people, businesses and organizations were packed up and shipped out of the News 5 Toy Center.

It was a scene even Santa couldn't believe.

"All these toys out here are more than words can describe, and I'm so happy and proud of all the little boys and girls of Mobile and Baldwin counties who gave toys to children who probably wouldn't have a Christmas," said Santa.

Dozens of students and staff from Mobile County Public Schools helped pack up toys.

"To be able to come out here and get the toys to the less fortunate. It just feels amazing," said Callie Tate from Causey Middle School.

"You never know. It could be the person sitting right next to you who have brothers and sisters who need toys for Christmas and they might end up with one of these toys so it's a great thing to be doing," said Christen Blake who attends B.C Rain High school.

Almost 7 thousand toys were donated by the school system.

"We are so proud of what they came up with, and it just goes along with our slogan, "It starts with us," and it starts with community service and we've proved it today," said Marcie McNeal, Office of Communications for MCPSS.

Every toy was sorted by age and gender. A seemingly fun and sort of hectic scavenger hunt, just in time for Christmas.

"I've got 9-12 boys, which is a little bit more difficult than some of the younger kids. So I see some footballs and stuff up here that I'm going to try to go get, said Peter Albrecht.

Bags loaded with gifts and over 200 bikes made their onto the truck headed to the Salvation Army Distribution Center.

"If we were to do this every day, it would make the world a better place," said Warren Law from Causey Middle School.

"All of our viewers young and old, everybody bringing stuff by, it's amazing. I'm hoping we reach our 20 thousand toy goal. I'm really hoping we are, and this is just an amazing outpouring of care from our community," said Mark Bunting, General Manager of WKRG.

We reached our goal of 20 thousand toys - raising over 22 thousand toys.
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