Kids get early gifts after toy drive for Dayton Children’s

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A truck bed full of toys becomes an early Christmas gift for a Dayton hospital.

Donations of stuffed animals, games, and everything in between were dropped off Saturday at Dayton Children’s.

“It’s really such a joy to watch these patients and families get one of these gifts,” said Lori Alfers with Dayton Children’s. “It really lightens and brightens their day.”

For two months, people visiting Helke Bingo and Brookville Bingo have been dropping off donations for the children at the hospital.

“Our patrons wanted to pull something together,” said Robert Oneill who worked with both bingo halls. “We have a ton of toys for the children’s hospital.”

It took several people to help unload all of the donations which were placed in the front lobby.

“As long as you have your health and you are good to go, you should make sure everyone else is good to go, too,” said Oneill. “It’s making other people happy not just yourself.”

For a child who may be staying at the hospital, a simple gift can go a long way to make them feel at home.

“It just gives them that peace of mind and the sense of a normal reality again,” said Alfers.

This is the third year Helke Bingo and Brookville Bingo have donated toys to Dayton Children’s during the holiday season. Oneill said the toy drive continues to get bigger each year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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