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3,000 Louisville kids line up in the rain for free giveaways

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was almost like Christmas in April as thousands of children lined up for a big giveaway. Their parents and guardians said the kindness from Louisville and its mayor was a blessing.

More than 3,000 kids waited in the rain outside TARC's Union Station headquarters in Louisville, ready to fill their plastic bags full of goodies.

"If this doesn't make you feel good, you've got a problem," Mayor Greg Fischer said. The event was part of his "Give a Day" of service.

"The emotion that's been expressed to me already has been overwhelming,” Mayor Fischer said. “Folks are just saying, ‘thank you, we need this, this comes at a time we've really been hurting as well.' So we don't need to wait until Christmas to be kind to people."

The Kids Wish Network partnered with the city, providing more than half a million dollars of freebies.

"I got two purses and one of these (stuffed animals)," one girl said.

The giveaway included everything from stuffed animals and board games to hygiene products and school supplies. The items were handed out to children facing adversity, some with parents struggling to get by.

"I can't afford this stuff," said Teonia Jiles, who told WDRB the giveaway is a blessing and helps keep her kids away from crime.

"Being out on the streets with these gangs, these teenage gangs, now they don't have to worry about it," Jiles said. "I know they're somewhere playing board games and not in the streets worried about the gangs."

"This is great for my kids. You can't beat this,” Marty Matz said. “I mean this is great! Louisville actually put this together for my family and all these other families that have a hard time actually getting anything they actually need or want."

The giveaway brought smiles to their faces and to the firefighters and LMPD officers who volunteered their time to help.

"You can see the joy that it brings them as well, so it's just a great day all around," said Kendra Kenney with Kids Wish Network.

The event was part of the Kids Wish Foundation's "Holiday of Hope" on tour. Louisville was just one of a handful of stops in 2015.

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