Local companies rally to collect 250 toys for kids through Habitat for Humanity

For ten years, Flower City Habitat for Humanity has collected gifts for children who either live in the homes the organization has built, or for children from families working to earn their homes through the non-profit. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. - Thursday's holiday gift drive proves once again that the spirit of giving back is alive and well in Rochester.

For ten years, Flower City Habitat for Humanity has collected gifts for children who either live in the homes the organization has built, or for children from families working to earn their homes through the non-profit.

On Thursday, 13WHAM stopped by Habitat's office on Culver Road, where there were piles and piles of toys for kids in need this holiday season.

There were 250 toys donated by 15 local companies and groups.

"It's a blessing. Truly, anything that we receive is a blessing," said Carlean Harper Graves.

Graves has raised seven children in the home she earned through Habitat for Humanity 21 years ago.

"We have a home and my kids know that they can always come home," said Graves, who says she also has 7 grandchildren who have been raised in her home.

Graves is one of the homeowners who picked up toys for her family Thursday.

The largest toy donor to Habitat's annual toy drive this year is Mountain Rise United Church of Christ.

"It just makes us all feel like we're making some difference," said Kathy Nixon from Mount Rise United Church. "We have a group that works on houses during the summer. So I think it's a good connection to Habitat and that's why we chose Habitat as recipients of our gift giving."

Nearly 225 families will benefit from this year's toy drive.

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