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WRTV's 20th Annual Toy Drive collects thousands of toys for Hoosier kids

WRTV's Toy Drive helps thousands
Posted at 3:28 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 12:27:00-05

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.

MORE INFO | How you can still get involved with WRTV's Toy Drive this year

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."