HOUSTON — KHOU 11 is celebrating 20 years of our Secret Santa toy drive with the Salvation Army of Greater Houston. This is the last weekend to donate and we're wrapping up with one huge donation.
A group of classic cars revved up their engines to help those in need! It is the seventh year KHOU 11 partnered with Bobby Jenkins, the organizer of the Classic Car Toy Drive.
“It’s a group deal. These guys love to get their cars out, people love to see them. When you put toys in them it's a win-win,” Jenkins said.
Saturday dozens of classic cars pulled into the KHOU 11 studios parking with trunks loaded with toys. Jenkins said the event grows each year.
"It's overwhelming,” he said.
“The kids are the ones that really benefit from things like this, these people behind me, they make things happen," he told KHOU 11 reporter Brittany Ford.
Major Zach Bell with the Salvation Army said the organization has seen the need double from years past.
"Unfortunately, what we at the at Salvation Army have seen, COVID has caused something that we’re calling pandemic poverty. We’re seeing more people economically challenged because of the effects of COVID. This Christmas season we've seen that many more people come to us in time of need."
Toys from each car filled up the Salvation Army’s loading truck Saturday. The toys will be delivered to the Salvation Army’s Secret Santa Warehouse for distribution.
Bell said this year’s event didn’t disappoint.
“I just want to say thank you on behalf of the 13,000 kids in need.”
CLICK HERE to donate money or a toy through Dec. 5.