ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hundreds of people responded to help Christmas Anonymous by dropping off toys for all ages at the KTTC Drive-by Toy Drive on Saturday.
While the holiday season often brings with it joy, there are some who are unable to celebrate Christmas with gifts. Now in its 20th year, the KTTC Drive-by Toy Drive gives families in need a gift just in time for the holidays.
Many people from KTTC helped make this year a success, collecting all the donations.
They were greeted by NewsCenter's Tom Overlie, Robin Wolfram, Randy Brock, Daniel Wolfe, Ted Schmidt and many others as the Saturday morning campaign began. As the event continued, Jared Ransom, Jess Abrahamson, Courtney Sturgeon, Aubrey Helms, Brie Groves and Jonathan Kegges took their turns greeting people. Jess, Ted and Randy brought their kids to help out.
People from every department at the television station were on hand to greet people driving by to drop off toys -- members of the news staff, media consultants, engineering and production personnel, all joining volunteers from Christmas Anonymous to help "load the truck" donated by Schmitt-Goodman.
Donations included a trailer full of toys from the Big Iron Classic, a truck show that charges an entry fee of a toy.
One man donated toys that he knew his daughters loved.
"I just dropped off a whole bunch of Minnie Mouses and Tweetie Birds that my two daughters have collected over the years since they were small," says Bob Smith from Lewiston.
The toy drive also brought out a family who has been saving for a day like this all year long.
"Last January, we grabbed clearance toys here and there and saved until this time of year," explains Thomas Carlton from Rochester. "We just wanted to be nice and give to those who aren't as fortunate as everyone else."
Each donation is meant to spread Christmas cheer.
"It's really nice to be able to give back to the community and make those who know that they might not have something be able to get something," says Carlton.
A family's Christmas morning will soon be a memorable one thanks to the power of a toy.
This is the 20th year for the television station's toy drive; Quincy Broadcasting Regional Vice President and KTTC General Manager Jerry Watson is proud of the effort.
"We began this back in 1992, feeling it was something pretty special," said Watson. "And it has really been embraced by our viewers. We couldn't do any of this without them."
Christmas Anonymous will sort and process the toys over the next week and make them available to families in need to help make Christmas bright for youngsters, regardless of any economic hardships families are facing this year.
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