Toy drive nets more than 20,000 toys donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital


COLUMBUS, Ohio — A truckload of joy made its way to Nationwide Children's Hospital on Sunday.

An annual tradition was back to make a big splash and set a record. It's also sure to make the holiday season a bit brighter for hundreds of young patients.

Boxes and boxes were packed into the truck and they were each filled with toys.

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The big donation comes from the Ohio Virtual Academy.

But the donations on that day did not just come from the big truck.

“For my birthday, I got a bunch of my family and friends together, and we donated to Children’s Hospital for Christmas,” said 13-year-old McKenzie Adams.

So, she dropped off her birthday haul to add to a huge pile of toys.

The Ohio Virtual Academy more than doubled its donations this year. The total: 20,283 toys for Nationwide Children's Hospital.

That more than doubles last year’s amount, which was 9,224.

The toys will be sorted and put into a holiday shop at the hospital so families can pick out gifts for patients staying there.

Other gifts will be put into playrooms throughout the hospital.