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WDRB and Snow Fox deliver 1,200 toys to children at Home of the Innocents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- WDRB and Snow Fox delivered more than 1,200 toys to medically fragile children on Thursday.

The second annual "'Tis Better to Give" toy drive collects toys for children at the Home of the Innocents. WDRB partnered with 11 local businesses where people dropped off new, unwrapped toys.

WDRB in the Morning anchors Candyce Clifft and Sterling Riggs helped deliver the toys.

Physical therapist Mickey Barron talked about how the children benefit from the gifts.

"We try to use the toys to motivate, so for example, she's over there playing with a toy, but she's standing," he said. "So we're working on her weight bearing, and sometimes we use them to teach them to crawl. Any way we can do it, and of course, toys are more motivating for children than just saying, 'crawl.'"

Barron says the Home of the Innocents is always looking for volunteers to love on the children who live there, not just at Christmas, but all year.

They're the kind of faces that melt your heart -- and many have stories that could break it.

"I'll just tell you what one of the children said to me yesterday: she says, 'I know I'm going to get lots of toys for Christmas, but I'm still not going to have my family,'" Barron said.

Some are autistic, abused, neglected, or terminally ill -- they are the faces and stories behind the Home of the Innocents.

"I just want to say 'thank you' to the community for everything," said Lydia Bell, Home of the Innocents VP of Resource Development. "I want to say 'thank you' to WDRB for all that you do. We just really appreciate the generosity and support of the community at this time of year."

If you look close enough at the children, sometimes you can see beyond the challenges to the joy within.

"Really, what I want to say to people is when the season is over, 'please come back, volunteer here,' said Barron. "We have so many babies here that just need to be rocked and loved."

It's a gift that keeps on giving.

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