SELLERSBURG, IN (WAVE) - Residents in a southern Indiana city donated more than 1,000 toys for children who were victims of hurricane Sandy.
Thanks to Jim Davis and his friends kids in New Jersey will have Christmas this year. Davis thinks it's important to give kids toys, especially when hit by disaster. "We felt like there was a void with the children so we just wanted to bring that smile back to the children."
Davis created ToyRelief.com after the March 2 tornadoes ripped through Southern Indiana, so when Hurricane Sandy hit, he knew what he had to do.
"I think the children. You know it just brings back another sense of security, kind of gets their life back together the way it was you know there's a lot of issues in the future when people experience a storm like that," Davis explained.
Crews packed up boxes of toys into a donated moving truck and left at 12 p.m. on December 12 to head to Matawan, New Jersey. There they'll give the toys to Operation Jersey Shore Santa, but it didn't start out easily.
Drop boxes were placed in 22 businesses for toys. He said he was worried because the toys were coming in slowly, but then it sped up. "The last couple of days they've been really coming in and we started sorting them and counting them and we're just kind of overwhelmed that we had 1200 toys."
Davis said it's not going to end here. He's going to try to keep up the momentum by collecting and distributing toys for children in need, all year round. If you would like to donate or want more information, click here.