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Huge teddy bears, games, toys of all kinds pour in to KTTC Toy Drive

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The goal: fill the truck for Christmas Anonymous The goal: fill the truck for Christmas Anonymous
Jess Abrahamson and daughter Bereket were among those helping greet people dropping off toys Jess Abrahamson and daughter Bereket were among those helping greet people dropping off toys
Tom Overlie interviewing Gail Sauter of Christmas Anonymous live on KTTC on Saturday morning Tom Overlie interviewing Gail Sauter of Christmas Anonymous live on KTTC on Saturday morning
KTTC Sports Director Pat Lund inspecting some of the sports equipment donated for kids for their Christmas presents KTTC Sports Director Pat Lund inspecting some of the sports equipment donated for kids for their Christmas presents
Jacob Murphey and Ted Schmidt helping with the early donations at the KTTC Toy Drive Jacob Murphey and Ted Schmidt helping with the early donations at the KTTC Toy Drive
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

So many toys, it is a child's dream come true.

A dream that for some in our area could be unattainable.

"I feel bad for children who don't have a Christmas," Barbara Carey, one of the people donating, said. "We have a very nice Christmas and a very warm family so I would like other children to have things at Christmas too."

Hundreds of cars lined up at our front door just to contribute.

The way Christmas Anonymous works is, after all the toys and donations are collected, needy families are able to "shop around" for the right toy for their kids, at no cost to them.

More than 500 families benefit per year from donations made by the people who show up to our station.

For some, they donate now because they know the benefit first hand.

"So when I was younger, my family went to Christmas Anonymous, so I'm familiar with the organization and I saw you guys were putting it on and I wanted my family to be a part of it," Chris Lewis, another person donating, said. "Something that affected me, I feel good to give back."

With all these toys, there's going to be plenty to go around come Christmas time.

All thanks to some people just looking to brighten childrens' smiles.

"I've never had children of my own and I would love to see of their faces when they open the gift," Lana Elson, also there donating, said.
 


The spirit of Christmas has taken over KTTC-TV at 6301 Bandel Road NW--with a burst of cars, SUVs and pickups rolling by to drop off teddy bears, bikes, games and toys of all kinds.

The annual KTTC Toy Drive for Christmas Anonymous began well before it was supposed to at 9 a.m. with people eager to help fill the truck in front of the television station.

The brilliant sunny morning helped lift spirits of those volunteering their time.  The beautiful weather is in sharp contrast to some recent years, when bitter cold and snow made it a challenge. 

The Christmas Anonymous organization is made up completely by volunteers, there are no paid positions.  It's goal is to help families in need have a good Christmas by letting them pick out gifts at a "store" held on a day in December--this year, it will be held on Saturday, December 9 at Christ United Methodist Church.  Last year, 543 families were helped in this way.  

The KTTC Toy Drive will go on until 4 p.m. at 6301 Bandel Road NW in Rochester. 

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