ABC 7 Annual Holiday Toy Drive donations still being accepted

The ABC 7 News Holiday Toy Drive ends December 7, 2018. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Tiffany Lester)

The ABC 7 News annual holiday toy drive wraps up Friday, but before it does, we are finding out a little more about the people benefiting from it: the thousands of children across the Texas panhandle in Child Protective Services.

“Christmas is supposed to be one of the most magical days that a child can have,” said Child Protective Services Adoption Supervisor Micah Smith.

A magical Christmas is what CPS is hoping to bring for the children in its care, no matter how small it may be.

“It may not be a huge gift. It may not be an Xbox 360 or some Jordans, but it is something special for them to unwrap. It’s something special for them to have a good memory of Christmas,” said Smith.

CPS and ABC 7 News viewers have stepped up to help ease the hearts and minds of parents making tough decisions this time of year.

“We don't want mother that is getting on her feet to have to choose between, 'Do I pay for this gas bill and buy groceries or buy the Christmas presents?' We want her to have the freedom to make the good parenting choices and provide their needs and let us come in and provide the Christmas part,” said Smith.

Smith tells ABC 7 News that the teenagers and older kids in CPS are often forgotten about because they are harder to shop for.

She suggests donations of gift cards or bath and body products for them.

ABC 7 News is taking donations of new, unwrapped toys through Friday, December 7 at 5 p.m.

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