It took them 100 hours, but they finally did it.
The Radio MASH (Make A Smile Happen) toy drive ended Monday morning, and despite a slow start, the organizers said they received enough toys for more than 4,500 needy children.
The toy drive, that just celebrated its 25th year this Christmas season, was only half way to reaching their goal as of last Friday night. But after a few large donations over the weekend, the toy shortage quickly turned into a surplus.
The event, which is put on by Brazos Valley Communications, started Thursday at 6 a.m. and ran until Monday at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the Post Oak Mall in College Station. Between the radio DJ's and volunteers, there was always someone present during those 100 hours to accept a gift or monetary donation.
And even as the tents were being torn down at the conclusion of the drive, people were still bringing in donations for the drive.
“There’s a lot of kids out there that they’re not as fortunate as others. They don’t have toys to play with and they don’t get anything for Christmas. So I just think it’s a good cause," said Craig Lange, who dropped off a donation on his way to work.
The event organizers said they plan on donating the extra toys to another on-going local toy drive.