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Hundreds of toys go to families in need after 2 Works for You holiday drive

Posted at 11:00 PM, Dec 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 00:07:15-05

TULSA, Okla. -- Shriners works with children who have physical disabilities, helping them to get the care they need.

But on Sunday the goal was simply to spread holiday cheer to the families they assist in Oklahoma.

"A lot of the times the families will tell us that they've been told by other medical institutions that they can't do anything for their children. When the Shriners hospitals get them we find a way to fix them," potentate Ralph Klumpp said.

Diego's family adopted their 11-year-old when he was only a few months old. They tell 2 Works for You it's events like this that remind them they're not alone.

"He's so happy, aren't you Diego? He is. We're enjoying this community here. It's really a warm feeling," John Garza said.

After the 2 Works for You toy drive, close to 400 gifts were collected. The families said it's one less thing they have to worry about over the holidays.

"We've got 12 kids between us. He's the only one home now but we have a great, big family. We've got like 29 grandkids so... a big family," Debbie Garza said.

Others said it's a relief to have opportunities like this in between medical costs.

"I don't get to work. I stay home and take care of him because everything that goes on doesn't allow me to work. So Daddy works. But when we have to go to Philadelphia he doesn't get paid. So events like this are huge, events like this are massive for us," Amanda Galvan said.

In total, 386 gifts were collected.

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