6-year-old in NC collects thousands of toys for kids in need

A 6-year-old from North Carolina started a toy drive to give back to kids in need.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – A 6-year-old girl is giving back in a big way. Bailey Bliven is giving thousands of families free toys this Christmas.

“Mommy said that some kids didn’t get presents for Christmas. I said that I want to give presents to people who don’t get Christmas at all,” she said.

Bliven came up with “Toy Take Away” last year after cleaning out her playroom. Her mom, Robin, says it’s great to see her daughter making a difference.

“It makes me proud that she’s a cheerful giver and it makes her proud and she has so much fun doing it,” Robin said.

This year, Bliven is not only collecting donations, but she’s wrapping those presents as well.

“I love wrapping, I’m really good at it,” she said.

People who came to the event to pick up a toy were grateful.

“They got something, but it’s not much, so this is a great opportunity,” Doniqua Griffin said.

“My nieces probably wouldn’t have had a whole lot for Christmas if anything,” Jessica Shepherd said. “She can come out here and shop for them and get into the spirit.”

In October, Bliven asked her family, friends and congregation if they could donate new or used toys for kids in need. Everyone was on board and now there are over 6,000 toys.

Bliven says she’s not done. She plans to make next year’s event even bigger, with possibly two locations.

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