- As you shop for gifts this year, you can make sure there are toys under the tree for a less fortunate child on Christmas morning.
Volunteers in Rhinelander have put together ‘Kindness for Kids' for 18 years. They collect new toys for newborns up to 15 year olds.
Alan Newman, a volunteer with the program knows just how much it means when someone gives a gift.
"I was in a situation where I had four boys, I didn't have a Christmas because I had a hip replacement done, and a family showed up, gave us a cash donation. And I said, as long as I was alive I would do whatever I could to help other communities," said Newman.
Last year Kindness for Kids gave toys to over 500 children in Oneida County, but volunteers say getting to play Santa for even one child makes it all worth it.
"Last year there was a little boy about 2 1/2 years old that came with his mom to pick up the toys. He got a sucker, and just the smile on his face and his eyes… Every year we get reminded, at least once why this happens," said Newman.
Families in need can sign up for Kindness for Kids through Oneida County Social Services.
The group gives 3 to 4 toys to each child, and tries to give each child at least one toy they asked for.
Collections are on-going until Decebmer 15th, that's when they hand out the toys.
Drop-off locations are throughout Rhinelander and also in Tomahawk and Eagle River.
For more information on how and where to donate, or how to qualify, visit their website posted below.
Kindness for Kids - website
Story By: Kailey Burton