11 News Toy Drive Wraps Up

A huge Christmas carload.
Daryl Ritz is a 28 year veteran of the Colorado Springs Fire Department. He got all of his fellow firefighters to kick in so he could stock up on toys.
Ritz says, "We threw in a hundred dollars to start with. From there we mentioned it to other crews and it just grew and grew and grew." "What did you wind up with?" "$1,130." "And six carts full of toys." "And six carts full of toys."
That story is like many others. We caught up with Richard Rhodes of Colorado Springs who says every year he and his wife give ... because in years past they weren't able to ... and this makes them feel great.
Rhodes says, "My wife's a hundred percent disabled vet and we've gone through, you know absolutely hard times and we're lucky now... so we want to help other people out. Besides we heard they're short... so no kid should go without a present."
It makes all of us feel pretty good to see what people have done this holiday season. 1000's of kids in Southern Colorado needed toys and thousands of people in Southern Colorado donated. We just want to say thank you to all our friends at Wal-Mart and all our friends at K-Lite 106.3... and to all of you... who are trying to make every child in Southern Colorado happier this Christmas season.

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