AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Dozens of uniformed members of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) delivered hundreds of toys to pediatric patients at Northwest Children's Hospital on Saturday.
In its eighth year, the toy distribution is part of the Texas State Guard "Young Heroes of the Guard" toy drive program designed to collect and deliver new toys to pediatric patients at every dedicated children's hospital in Texas during the holiday season.
Additionally, the goal is to collect enough toys to leave behind an inventory of stuffed animals, games, dolls and more for the hospitals to give to patients throughout the following year.
"This year thanks to the generous donations of Texans around the state, we hope to deliver more than 30,000 toys," said Chaplain Capt. David Fish, statewide toy drive chaplain coordinator for the Guard. "To see the children smile with joy is the most rewarding experience during the year. During Christmas, the Guard puts children first."
Since 2009, Texas State Guard volunteers have collected and distributed more than 77,000 toys to children across Texas who are spending the holiday season away from home.