KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Underprivileged kids living in Kanawha County will unwrap some new toys in the coming weeks to help them enjoy the rest of the summer.
Sunday was the final day for donations for ‘Tony’s Kids Christmas in July.’ The charity event aims to give underprivileged kids the toys they need to get out and play in the summer months.
After the final contributions were brought to Haddad Riverfront Park Sunday afternoon, event organizers say donations totaled roughly $5,000 worth of bicycles, dolls, sports equipment and more.
Mountain Mission, a non-profit, faith-based organization, collected the toys at the end of Sunday’s event and will distribute them starting this week.
Tony’s Kids Christmas in July was founded a year ago by former South Charleston Police Officer Tony Wazelle, who helped organize the inaugural event before losing his battle with cancer.
The second edition of the event was managed, in part, by Wazelle’s close friends, John and Karen Fitzgerald, who say the event is building momentum.
“We actually got bigger this year, in terms of the quantity and quality,” Karen Fitzgerald said. “We got better products and more products, we got more bicycles, more basketballs and footballs, lots of toys, dolls with strollers. We hope to continue getting bigger so we can go to other counties.”