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Storm Hurting 911 Gives Hope Toy Drive Donations

The snow's keeping some from donating at the start of the annual 911 Gives Hope for the Holidays toy drive.
First responders are starting to give kids hope this weekend. 911 Gives Hope Toy Drive kicked off this morning. But Mother Nature's not giving them any hope of better weather this weekend.

Police, deputies, and firefighters are collecting toys, which will go to kids in area hospitals to brighten their day. But this snow storm hitting the Tri-State is hitting their collections hard so far.

Santa must work through the snow, and so do Salvation Army Kettle bell ringers.

"I hate this weather," says Evansville Police Chief Billy Bolin. "I'm a warm weather fan."

But Bolin is working to protect, and serve kids in area hospitals.

"We got some Count and Hug Bugs."

The snow's coming in fast, causing donations to slow down.

"We'd have typically, probably, five times as much as we have right now on a Friday at this point," Bolin says. He adds the storm's arrival couldn't have come at a worse time.

"We had a meeting with the Deaconess and St. Mary's people, and they said they're now starting to run out of the toys that we collected at this time last year," he says.

"Every past year we've been doing this, the weather has not cooperated," says Det. Patrick Phernetton.

But like the weather, their plans are changing. They're now asking people to donate on-line. You order, they pick up. They'll work through the weekend, and the elements, to help kids who need it most.

"To stand out here in the cold for a little bit, deal with the elements, it's pretty small compared to what some other people go through," Phernetton says.

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