Toy Drive: 'They would like to get something and get the happiness too'
EUGENE, Ore. – Thanksgiving is just days away, but in downtown Eugene, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Community members will gather at Kesey Square Friday night for “Light Up Downtown.”
At the event, NBC 16 is spreading awareness of its holiday toy drive. We’re partnering with Les Schwab to make sure every child in Lane County has something to unwrap on Christmas morning.
Our goal is to fill the NBC 16 newsroom with thousands of toys.
Many of the children and families receiving the gifts are homeless and can’t afford basic necessities, let alone presents.
For some kids, this will be the only gift they receive for the holidays.
“They would like to get something and get the happiness too. The warm feeling that they're special. And they want to receive something too,” said Silvia Ceja from The Brattain House.
“Les Schwab is really excited to be a part of it. Myself, most of us here at the store, have families. So it means a great deal to help a child in need this holiday,” said Jason Gale from Les Schwab Tires in Eugene.
The Toy Drive ends December 20.
At the downtown lighting party, the festivities continue until 6:30 p.m.