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Toy Team 9 collects 7,000 toys to cheer kids in need during the holidays

Posted at 2:55 AM, Dec 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-02 02:55:45-05

CINCINNATI - Thanks to your generosity, Toy Team  9 collected more than 7,000 toys on Saturday to give Tri-State kids for the holidays.

WCPO Anchors Tanya O'Rourke, Craig McKee, Kristyn Hartman and Evan Millward, along with other WCPO personalities, greeted wonderful donors who brought or bought gifts at nine area Kroger stores.  

Some people like David Meek wheeled in shopping carts filled with toys. Everyone shared the gift of giving.

"I had some wonderful Christmas memories as a kid," Meek said. "I think that's something you carry all your way through life, so whatever we can do to help out - we love to do it!"

Lisa Cayard of Warren County Community Service says it means the world to parents and their kids when they get a gift for the holidays.

"When you see their eyes light up and parents' tears coming down their faces - because this means so much to them being able to give something to their child for Christmas - it makes it all worth it," Cayard said.

WATCH highlights from the day in the video player above.

Since 2011, WCPO - 9 On Your Side has partnered with Kroger and local nonprofits to collect toys. This year’s toy drive benefits these Greater Cincinnati organizations:

Thanks to your generous help, children in need will have an extra special holiday this year.