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Nearly 54,000 toys are one step closer to being in the hands of Wichita-area children

Wichita eagle logo Wichita eagle 9/17/2020 By Michael Stavola, The Wichita Eagle

Pastor Jackie Carter waved from the United Way of the Plains parking lot Wednesday as she pulled away in a Table of Hope truck filled with more than 9,500 toys for children.

Good360 and Toys for Tots partnered with United Way to bequeath roughly $400,000 in toys to children who may be suffering from anxiety and boredom caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, 53,854 toys were given to five area nonprofits — Table of Hope, Salvation Army, Bread of Life, Catholic Charities and United Methodist Open Door — at United Way’s warehouse on Washington near Central.

“How can you not love it when you are giving away 50,000 toys?” United Way president and CEO Peter Najera said from the warehouse as lifts loading toys onto trucks hummed in the background. The warehouse is primarily used for the Give Items of Value Program and houses thousands of donated items at any given time.

It cost United Way roughly $3,000 in transportation to pick up the toys, which includes Nerf guns, action figures, board games, coloring books and fidget spinners.

Outside, United Methodist Open Door warehouse manager Anita Wells said she didn’t think there would be a problem handing out its 14,920 toys to children at its food pantry, which serves roughly 1,800 families each month.

“I think it is fantastic,” Wells said. “I think the kids will love it.”

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