Thousands Take Part in the Texas Panhandle's Largest Toy Drive

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - They came out by the thousands on Sunday afternoon... All to take part in the largest toy drive in the Texas Panhandle.

It's called Plaza Navidena and it's actually sponsored by NewsChannel 10 and our sister station Telemundo Amarillo.

An estimated 4,500 people showed up to the toy drive... And more than four thousand toys and six thousand books were handed out.

In a true sign of the times, the need was so great this year that the drive had to be moved from the Amarillo Civic Center to the Rex Baxter building at the fairgrounds.

Event Organizer Salvador Rivas says, "every year it keeps growing and growing. This is the 9th Annual Plaza Navidena that our station does so every year it keeps getting bigger and bigger. So that's why we did it here so we could accommodate all the people."

Needy area children and their families lined up more than an hour before the event even began, braving the cold, waiting in line to talk with Santa and receive some of those toys and books.

The majority of the toys for the toy drive came from Toys for Tots... Portions also came from local donations and other sponsors. Each child walked away with two toys and three books.