TOLEDO (WTOL) - The community came out in a big way on Thursday for the Gift of Joy toy drive, which makes sure foster kids in our area don’t miss out on a happy holiday season.
WTOL 11’s parking lot was visited by hundreds of generous friends who opened their hearts and wallets to provide for those in need in our community.
But what happens to those toys now? "Each case worker knows the children on their caseload. So they go out to make sure everybody has something at the holiday season. The last thing we want is for one of our children to go without during the holidays,” said Julie Malkin with Lucas county Children Services.
Children Services is preparing to serve 25 hundred kids this year. Those numbers are so high, in part, because of the opioid epidemic and related drug issues in our community.
Most of the kids being served are between the ages of 0 and 4, but they have bigger kids and teenagers too.
"We can't thank the community enough for how they came out yesterday and showed their support. We have just an incredible variety of toys and gifts and we're sure to be able to find something that every child would like,” said Malkin.
If you are still looking to donate, a walk down the baby and toddler aisle, or gift cards are still needed.
Donations are still being accepted for the next week, especially for things that will make it so these kids have the same holiday experience as their peers.
Click here for a list of locations where you can drop off toys.