- The Kindness for Kids Toy Drive trys to give every child in Oneida County a Christmas toy.
The toy drive this year will help nearly 400 children.
That would not have been possible without the help of young student athletes.
Friday night could turn into a fun one in Rhinelander. Rivals Antigo and Rhinelander, will play each other in basketball and give toys to kids. Just a mile away, the Rhinelander Hockey team will skate with kids.
"It's just fun bringing the toys in the middle of the court," said Rhinelander Boys Basketball Player Cole Oettinger. "We don't get to meet the kids but it's fun to know that we are doing something together to help the community and the kids bringing new unwrapped toys to them."
Players have already collected gifts. But they can always use more. Players on the hockey side seem excited for the skate.
"It's just like a big ol' Christmas party," said Northern Edge Girls Hockey Player Gabbe Millot. "Its two hours getting to know community members. Making friends just having fun."
"Well I think for a third and fourth grader to come out here on the ice and have a high school kid in his game jersey skating and talking to you is a thrill," said Rhinelander Boys Hockey Coach Michael Laggis. "Judging by the smiles on their faces and the amount of kids we've had in the building, they're completely excited about it."
"It's good to get people on skates I really enjoy that we offer this free thing," said Northern Edge Girls Assistant Coach John Forster. "A lot of people come out and enjoy it."
The basketball teams also think the extra fans will add to the atmosphere inside the gym.
"With it being a double header to it just adds to the hype," Oettinger said. "Two varsity games on the same night, easily our biggest rivalry of the year."
"It should bring a lot of energy towards Rhinelander, which is exactly what the basketball teams are pushing for this year," said Rhinelander Girls Basketball Player Kylie Hunter.
You can help the energy by bringing your own unwrapped gift to help.
The hockey skate starts at 5 P.M. at the Rhinelander Ice Arena.
The girls basketball game starts at 6 P.M. at the high school.