HOUSTON - More than 800 donated toys like bikes, Lego kits and Hatchimals filled a room at Spring Spirit Saturday morning.
Spring Spirit is a Christian-based non-profit that does community outreach in the Spring Branch area.
The donated toys were deeply discounted to allow parents who are on a tight budget, the opportunity to buy the season’s hottest toys for their children.
“I’m happy that I can get each one of them what they really love and for a good price,” said mom of three, Bianca Herrera. “So, it’s definitely a bargain.”
Herrera was able to buy six gifts, two for each child, for about $70.
“It gives us a little break on not spending so much.” she said.
It’s the second year for the Christmas outreach. Spring Spirit calls it the Joyful Christmas Toy Store.
More than 270 nurses from Children’s Memorial Hermann worked as Secret Santa’s. The nurses pitched in, collecting about $2,600 in donated money, which was then used to buy toys for the toy store.
“Oh yes! They’re getting so much more than they would’ve been able to with their budget, with what they can spend,” said Courtney Spafford.
“So it’s really rewarding for us to be able to put our money to be able to give people more than what they started with.” said Spafford.