December 20, 2007
KGW Northwest Newschannel 8 Great Toy Drive Sets New Record
Belo station collects toys for children in ten counties
PORTLAND, OR -- KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8's twenty-sixth annual Great Toy Drive exceeded all previous records in collecting toys for children across Oregon and Southwest Washington. So many toys were donated that volunteers had to stop counting to keep up with bagging and distribution. Toys went to seventy-two agencies serving needy children in ten counties. The donations included hundreds of bicycles.
"I extend a huge thank you to everyone who gave this year to help make the holidays a little brighter for children who would otherwise have a bleak Christmas morning. The incredible generosity of our viewers shows what a great community we live in, where so many people open their hearts to those less fortunate," said DJ Wilson, KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8's President and General Manager. "I also want to thank our two sponsors, Les Schwab Tire Centers and Regence BlueCross BlueShield. Their help with drop-off points, volunteers, and transporting toys is essential in the success of this huge project."
Collection sites included Les Schwab Tire Centers, the Regence BlueCross BlueShield offices in downtown Portland, and the KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 studio.
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