Archive for the ‘Toy Drives’ Category

I’ll See You at the Toy Drive!
December 1, 2010

KPRC Local 2 and the Houston Fire Department’s Operation Stocking Stuffer Toy Drive is in Full Gear! Please donate new and unwrapped toys to KPRC Local 2 on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010. I’ll be your host from 6AM-NOON…I look forward to meeting you at OUR STATION; 8181 SOUTHWEST FRWY (59 Southwest Frwy at Beechnut). Note: The drive doesn’t end until 6PM.

You can donate to any Houston Fire Department Station starting Friday, December 3rd to Friday, December 17th.

Shooting the Operation Stocking Stuffer promo.

A team effort...Chief Terry Garrison and Houston Firefighters.

Station 68

KPRC and HFD supporting one another for a great cause!

Toy Drive: A Success (2008)
December 15, 2008

Houstonians….YOU did it for us again! KPRC Local 2’s “Gift Drive” was a success! Here are the bare numbers…

* Over 700 children were able to receive a bag of gifts.

* Over 17 different agencies were able to participate.

* The same approximate amount of toys were collected as last year.

* A RECORD was set for Gift Cards and Paypal which is what we really asked you for in order to make an older child’s Christmas come true!

As you all know, there has been a lot of negative news regarding the economy. So, honestly….we didnt know what to expect for the amount of donations, but had hoped for the best.  I am proud of our viewers, for each and every one of you, who took the time and money to contribute during such an unstable year.

It took a dedicated team to make this all work out…take a look for yourself. Concerns over privacy limit what we can show you, so I have blurred parts of pictures, but there were lots of smiles in the room. Thanks again and may you have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season.



We heard that this little boy was asking for a stuffed animal. He came running up to me when he saw that I had a one for him.  You should have seen his eyes light up with joy!


I had to thank Santa. It gets HOT up there greeting all 700 children.


Here are just a few of the KPRC employees that helped out. Dozens more were there. Kim Davis is behind me. Ryan Korsgard has the blue Local 2 tee on. Bill Balleza is next to Santa. You can barely see, Gary Wann’s head near Bill. KSBJ was in attendance. Ben Oldham, John Rizzuti and his son also helped run things.


Alana Gomez-Dong (one of our newer reporters) and Ginny Landers (Promotions) lent a helping hand, too.

[There are other blog postings related to Season 2 Give showing our behind the scenes shoot for the promos and all responses from the viewers about the toy drive. Feel free to check those out too. ]

A Season 2 Give 2008
November 28, 2008

It is that time again….a time when YOU can make a child smile. Every year Channel 2 teams up with partners to gather gifts to give out to children. Picture giving a toy or a gift card to a child in a homeless shelter or a foster home. Well…that’s what our staff does…with your help. If you have time, we’d like to see you at our Local 2 studios on December 5th or you can drop by any Ashley Furniture store with your new unwrapped toy, gift or gift card. December 5th is our big day to round up all of the presents. Over the following week, our staff sort the gifts by age groups and we get the truck(s) ready to deliver the items to Minute Maid Park. That is where the children will come by to see Santa and to receive your donation.

Here’s a link…if you need times, locations or gift ideas:

Jen and Bonnie

Jen and Bonnie

Jen, Anthony and Bonnie on screen

Jen, Anthony and Bonnie on screen

I promise...I was listening!
I promise…I was listening!

Here are some behind-the-scenes photos from the promo shoot. It’s been running for a few days…as a reminder about this upcoming Toy Drive. Bonnie joined Anthony and me on this one. You might recognize her from the Ashley Furniture Homestore commercials. We ‘clicked’ with her immediately!