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Thankful for 'Santa's Helpers'

Every year, the people of the Big Country donate toys and join in on the season of giving. One toy helps to make Christmas that much better for hundred of children who away from their families.
All month, we've read letters on-air that were written by deserving children to Santa. In them, they ask for a range of things, many of which are given to them through the annual 'Santa Helpers Toy Drive' sponsored by KTAB. From barbie dolls to bicycles to books, no child is left empty-handed on Christmas. Every year, the donated gifts help to bring smiles to the faces of Santa's Angels.

"We get to see the joy," says Barbara Dahl with Hendrick Home for Children. "I wish everyone could see the joy on their faces."

Hendrick Home is currently home to 65 children, who are sadly without their families, but who have gained one through the community.

"We have a great time because the Abilene community supports our children and that means a lot to them," Dahl says.

Hendrick Home is one of eight agencies receiving toys this Christmas through Santa's Helpers. Because of the drive, hundreds of children are able to have a spectacular christmas, thanks to the generosity of strangers.

"We put all the trees under and then it's just crazy," says Dahl. "The balls start going after they rip up the presents, and they ride around inside on the bikes until they can get them outside."

Unwrapping toys is sure to bring any child Christmas glee, but Dahl says it's the gesture that means so much more.

"It's more of an acceptance that someone, other people care," she explains. "It's the feeling you get to know that you make a child smile. You may not be there but you know that you did something."
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