INDIANAPOLIS — The 20th annual WRTV Toy Drive was at several Simon mall locations Saturday collecting donations from you.
“Giving back to friends, family, neighbors, even people you don't know, so each year I try to donate as many toys as I possibly can,” said Brett Gamble, an electrician with Mister Sparky.
A company that has volunteered with our toy drive for years.
He said for him and his coworkers the toy drive is just a small way for them to give back.
“We’re in customers’ homes every single day talking with people, kids or dogs, cats it doesn't matter who it is it's we're trying to help the less fortunate people if we possibly can,” Gamble said.
In a matter of hours, we had dozens of boxes filled with toys that will benefit thousands of children.
“I wasn't sure what to expect but I am not surprised by the generosity of our community Hoosiers have big hearts and we want to take care of everyone in our community right now,” said Andrea Collins, WRTV’s Event Coordinator.
If you weren't able to get out and help today there are still several ways you can donate.
If you want to donate a physical toy, you can go to one of several U-Stor locations for the next week. If you want to make a monetary donation, you can text WRTV to 345345.
“We have 17 participating locations in the Indianapolis and surrounding areas and will be taking donations until Dec. 11,” said Darah Farrar, president of U-Stor.
She said the last six years of volunteering with the toy drive has been rewarding.
“When I get to go by the stores and see the boxes full of toys and I'm just really glad that we're able to help,” Farrar said. “You know my kids are very lucky and so we like to be able to give back and it means a lot to us that we can do this every year."
WRTV is collecting donations for our 20th Annual #WRTVToyDrive until 5 p.m. today at Simon Mall locations! Drop off your new, unwrapped toy or cash/check to participating Simon Malls and meet your favorite WRTV personalities! #WorkingForGood https://t.co/oylHyyHxrF pic.twitter.com/crFps34mS9— WRTV Indianapolis (@wrtv) December 5, 2020
Nitro making friends at #shophamiltontc with #IndyFuel and @wrtv for the 20th Annual Toy Drive! Looking forward to #TeddyBearToss on Friday 12/11 benefitting #WRTVToyDrive kids across Central Indiana. pic.twitter.com/dwIlPjNsPJ— Andrea Collins (@andreacollinsrf) December 5, 2020
Thank you to these wonderful people for dropping off donations for the 20th Annual @wrtv Toy Drive! #workingforgood #wrtvtoydrive @ScrippsHowardFd We are here until 5 pm at Castleton Square Mall. pic.twitter.com/6jftRLkPRs— Nicole Griffin-WRTV (@NicoleGriffinTV) December 5, 2020
The @wrtv Toy Drive is appreciative of the giving spirit of Central Indiana. Our team is outdoors at area Simon Malls until 5pm. We are masked, contactless and grateful! @Lauren_Casey @kylemounce and I thank you for stopping by the Greenwood Park Mall. pic.twitter.com/W9kCqAIFFn— Rafael Sánchez (@RafaelOnTV) December 5, 2020
Our Toy Drive is happening again today but this year we are making it easier for you!— Kelsey Anderson (@kanderson_WRTV) December 5, 2020
We will be at HTC, The Fashion Mall, Castleton and the Greenwood Mall from 10-5. You can drop off unwrapped toys or monetary donations @wrtv pic.twitter.com/TchlG1buKX