Toy drive collects donations for Mayfield, Ky.

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 5:26 PM CST
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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KFVS) - Christmas came early for some Graves County residents.

A community toy drive on Wednesday, December 22 helped families in need with much-needed holiday cheer.

At the Mayfield Plaza, thousands of people were in line to pick up free toys.

Once they are done standing in line, they will go right inside and be able to pick from a selection of toys, to make sure that each and every person in line enjoys a very merry Christmas.

“I think it’s really fun because we get to come out here and get toys,” said Kenneth Druszczak. “And although he didn’t see extensive tornado damage, he has plenty of friends who lost their homes. “I’m glad it just didn’t hit our house, but I’m still upset that everyone else got hit.”

Event organizer Courtney Smith said the toy drive is a great way for families to heal.

“We just wanted to bring, not just those infected, especially those infected but everyone together so that we can enjoy Christmas,” said Smith.

So, she provided items from her catering business to help accommodate the public.

“We brought a lot of the tables, chairs, the decorations, the photo booth, the couch for Santa, all of that. And just help kind of logistically get things planned out,” she said.

Making sure the community had a good time.

“So basically, all the gifts are free. So, the parents can come, and they can get gifts for their kids, and kids can come and pick out gifts. It’s just so that everyone can have a good Christmas and have some presents under the tree,” she said.

The toy drive ended at 5 p.m. with more than 5,000 toys handed out to the public.

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