by Nicole Harvey

911 Gives Hope held their annual toy drive this past weekend.  “Hope for the Holidays” took place December 6th through 8th at the East side Walmart, off of Burkhardt Road. Many volunteers helped fill up a semi-trailer with new toys for ill children at Deaconess Riley, St. Mary's Hospital for Women and Children, Methodist Hospital in Henderson, Evansville Ronald McDonald House, and the State Children’s Hospital in Evansville. Police officers, firefighters, and medics camped out at Walmart to collect toys, and Santa made special appearances throughout the weekend.

Because of the inclimate weather, Walmart made special arrangements for anyone who could not make it to the toy drive.  Police Chief, Billy Bolin, posted this on his Facebook page:  “The 911 Gives Hope for the Holidays is going on at the East Side Wal-Mart now. The roads are still slick and snow is starting to fall, so we would encourage you to NOT be out on the roads. We have worked out a plan with Wal-Mart where you... can purchase toys at www.walmart.com and select the Burkhardt location. They needed a person's name for pick-up so we used Chief Bolin's name (Billy Bolin). If you do this for items in stock, we can pick them up to day, otherwise, you can choose site to store and we will pick them up later this week."

If you were not able to make it to the toy drive, there is still time to donate! Even a $5 donation will impact the lives of sick children and their families this Christmas!

911 Gives Hope for the Holidays is sponsored by Townsquare Media Radio Stations (WKDQ, WJLT, WDKS, WGBF, WGBF-AM) and Henderson Chevrolet, Buick, GMC.