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They were piled high and deep, from tabletops to ceilings. Toys were everywhere.
From baby clothes to toy cars to makeup sets to brand new bicycles and movie tickets, many children in Taylor County have Christmas gifts today thanks to generous donations.
Toys for Kids and Toys for Tots officials said this year's effort to raise money to buy toys for children who might otherwise not have Christmas gifts generated about $35,000. With that money, toys were bought for about 500 children.
Efforts to organize this year's Toys for Kids and Toys for Tots drives began many months ago.
Those who saw Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire & Rescue and EMS personnel and other volunteers bagging the gifts in the past few weeks know how much work is put into making Toys for Kids and Toys for Tots a success.
Taylor Countians are very lucky.
We are fortunate to have people in our community who are willing to donate so others might be lucky, too.
And we're lucky to have volunteers who spend their time bagging and delivering toys so a child might smile this Christmas instead of wonder why Santa didn't visit.
Presents aren't the reason for the season. It's nice to see, however, that there are people willing to help those who can't afford to buy presents for their children. At this time of year, what is better than seeing a child smile?
Our thanks go to everyone who donated to and helped with Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids. We also thank those who helped organize this year's Holiday Helpline, which gave food to those who wouldn't have a Christmas meal this year.
We are lucky, indeed.