Records were broken and history made during the 15th annual KLUC toy drive. It was the most successful event in its history.
DJ Chet Buchanan spent 12 bone-chilling days on a scaffolding 30 feet in the area outside the NV Energy building. On Monday, he made his way down to a cheering crowd.
"Las Vegas is such an amazing community and we just showed it once again this year," Buchanan said.
Las Vegans filled 25 53-foot trucks with toys. More than 5,000 bicycles were donated and over $300,000 in gift cards and cash donations were collected.
Buchanan and the 98.5 Morning Zoo crew surpassed every one of their goals.
"We went into this year hoping to get close to what we did last year, and the idea that we just blasted through those records and more is just unreal," Buchanan said.
Donators included Las Vegas Strip headliners, business leaders and thousands of everyday people.
"They're all going to kids that really need it, and there will be smiles on the kids' face and the parents' too," said Buchanan.
The toys will be distributed to 45 different charitable organizations in the Las Vegas Valley, including HELP of Southern Nevada.
"The fact that their parents can actually select of the shelf what their kids are going to open on Christmas Day is kind of a neat feeling," Fuilala Riley with HELP of Southern Nevada said.
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