Big 10TV Toy Drive collects nearly 7,000 gifts at drive thru alone


COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thank you, central Ohio for making this year’s Big 10TV Toy Drive a success.

With the community's help, the Salvation Army was able to pack up nearly 7,000 new toys for children who otherwise might not have anything under the tree on Christmas.

Friday's haul doesn’t include toys dropped off at various other locations, including City Barbecue.

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“It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Penny Popper. “I always had tons of toys. It’s really important because we have so much, we gotta share.”

Popper is the director of the Conservatory of Piano. All year, she’s been buying toys on her students’ birthdays. Her crew dropped off five carloads of toys today on behalf of those students.

“We’ve been fortunate and we should give back. All these kids need to realize there’s more out there than just themselves,” says William VanSickle, Director of Education at the Conservatory of Piano,

Friends, families and strangers all came together to make the holiday season a little brighter for someone less fortunate.

Now, it’s up to Santa and Mrs. Claus to get all those toys delivered in time for Christmas.