Holiday Toy Team 9 needs your help to reach toy goal!

CINCINNATI - We have collected more than 8,000 toys around the Tri-State and need your help to get to our goal of 9,000.

If you couldn't make it to Toy Team 9 on Saturday, you can still donate by clicking on one of the links below for the charities Toy Team 9 is helping. (NOTE: mobile users go to a browser version of WCPO.com for the links)

** Child Focus in Clermont County

** Salvation Army in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

** The USMC Toys for Tots in Butler and Warren counties

** The USMC Toys for Tots in Hamilton and Clermont counties, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana

** Brighton Center in Northern Kentucky

For many this holiday season, childhood memories of reindeer, snow and presents fill our minds with holiday cheer.

Some may recall tiptoeing down the stairs to peek at a mountain of gifts, as a surge of excitement bubbled over them.

Many children across the Tri-State might not have been able to experience that same sense of excitement and holiday cheer without your help.

Channel 9 and local radio hosts held a holiday toy drive for children around the region Saturday.

Holiday Toy Team 9 was held at six different Kroger locations around the Tri-State on Dec. 1, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m.

The goal was to bring in a total of 9,000 toys by the end of the event.

Team Comet representative and 9 News personality Kendall Herold reported her team had collected 905 toys in 16 shopping carts at the Harrison Kroger Marketplace.

Team Dancer reported it had bested last year's tally by bringing in more than 700 toys at the Newport Kroger.

At the Kroger Liberty Township, Team Prancer collected 652 toys for children.

Team Blitzen at the Delhi Kroger collected a total of 1,110 toys.

The toys collected by the other teams are still being counted.

Each location had a different team of 9 News personalities partnered with radio show hosts that were competing to pull in the most toys.

  • Team Dasher was at Kroger Hyde Park with Tanya O'Rourke and John Matarese, featuring Chris and Janeen from WGRR.
  • Team Dancer was at Kroger Newport with Sarah Walters and Brian Yocono, featuring Wendy Walker from WGRR.
  • Team Prancer was at Kroger Liberty Township with Carol Williams and Brendan Keefe, featuring Bob & Marianne from WARM 98.
  • Team Donner was at Kroger Eastgate with Julie O'Neill and Clyde Gray, featuring Bobbi Maxwell from WARM 98.
  • Team Blitzen was at Kroger Delhi with Sherry Hughes, Steve Raleigh and Tom McKee, featuring Rockin' Ron Schumacher from WGRR.


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