Girl uses birthday to collect Christmas toys for needy - KCTV5 News

Girl uses birthday to collect Christmas toys for needy

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A sixth grader is using her birthday to collect gifts for children in need and surprising them with presents for Christmas.

This is the sixth year in a row she has donated gifts, as part of Operation Santa Claus, to an entire class of students at the Della Lamb Charter School.

And there is a need for more people just like her to join the more than 100 volunteers who donate.

Last year, Operation Santa Claus made Christmas come true for more than 2,700 kids across the Kansas City area.

Volunteers wrap hundreds of gifts for the children and try to give each child a large present, a small gift, a stocking, sweat suit, gloves, underwear and a hat. They also donate food so the family can prepare a Christmas dinner.

It is a scramble every year to meet the communities need, but organizers say the community always steps up.

"We see smiles. We see tears. We see heartfelt gratitude. If you've never been on the other side of having to ask for help, it can be humbling and sometimes you are so filled with gratitude it's difficult to say thank you but you can see it in the eyes of the person," said Judy Akers, executive vice president of Della Lamb.

The public can help Della Lamb give a wonderful Christmas to those in need. The organization is in need of financial donations and toys for children from infants to 12 years old. Currently, they really need gifts for ages 10, 11 and 12.

Della Lamb needs the donations before they hand out the gifts Dec. 7.

Last year, Della Lamb helped 1,548 families with 2,728 kids. They have received applications for 1,600 families this year. Click here for more information on how you can help or call 816-842-8040.

The organization advises that it's best not to donate toys that require batteries.

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