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Organizers fuel up for annual Toy Train party

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 01:12

What started as a small get together among a group of friends has grown into an extravagant holiday party that Cara Hedrick, Toy Train organizer, said has helped more than a hundred thousand children during the holidays.

“Everything goes to the kids,” Hedrick said. “We have very little overhead, every thing is donated.”

“Toy Train 2012” will kick off at 8 p.m. on Saturday at 611 4th Ave. across from Nawab Restaurant.  Hedrick said to attend the party, people will need to donate a new toy or $25 at the door.

“Last year we raised enough money to take every kid at the city mission to Max and Erma’s in Pullman Square,” Hedrick said.  “Santa came and we took them to a movie afterwards.  It was something that many of them have never done before and is something they may not get to do anytime soon.”

The toys are distributed to children in the Huntington area that come from low-income families. Hedrick said there is a committee that works to make sure the toys go to the right children.

Hedrick said there will be plenty of beverages and food that has been donated from various restaurants in Huntington.  
She said when she started working as an organizer for Toy Train she thought it was just a fun party, but has seen it grow into a huge event that has helped thousands of children.

“I thought it was just something to do,” Hedrick said.  “Over the years you see how many kids are helped and it’s just something that makes you feel really good to help.”

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