JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For some families, the holiday season can bring more stress than cheer, which is why First Coast News is teaming up with Toys for Tots.
This weekend is the "Christmas Made in the South" event at the Prime Osborn. If you donate a new, unused toy, you will get $2 off of your admission.
Toys for Tots takes all of the toy donations and gives them to various First Coast nonprofit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, which is who Michelle Thorpe and her two children work with.
Michelle is a working, single mom and said she tries to provide for her children, but sometimes it's just not enough. She said she's grateful for help providing gifts on Christmas morning.
"When I wake up in the morning and know that my kids have something up under that tree, it makes my face light up," she said.
Keandra Wright and her three-year-old daughter, Heaven, also benefit from the Toys from Tots program.
"They help out with something that I can't do at that time." said Keandra. "So she's very excited and it makes me very excited that she's happy."
The "Christmas Made in the South" event starts Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the Prime Osborn and runs through Sunday. For more information about the event, go to: http://madeinthesouthshows.com/Jacksonville_Christmas.html
First Coast News will also have some of our on-air talent at the event all throughout the day Friday:
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Amanda Zitzman
12:45 p.m. - 2 p.m. Steve Smith
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Chris Porter
3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Mike Lyons
For more information on Toys for Tots or how to receive toys, go to: http://jacksonville-fl.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/default.aspx
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