Over 500 Toys Delivered to Jay's Hope

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A special delivery arrived Saturday morning for Jay's Hope, a charity that works to improve the lives of Georgia children with cancer and their families.

Santa arrived on his sleigh, or, rather a U-Haul, filled with toys ranging from game boards to stocking stuffers.

"This is a way that we can step in to relieve that burden of providing Christmas to these children, their siblings, and family," says Jay's Hope founder Cindy Gaskins.

Scott Gunnell started the Season of Hope Toy Drive in South Florida where his family collected unwrapped presents for infants and teenagers. He spread the word using social media. 

"You know, facebook, emailing, we created some fliers. We really didn't have much time. It was only a three week window of time to do this," says Gunnell.

Gunnell dropped off the bundle at Jay's Hope where the non-profit will make the distributions. The organization will contact their families and distribute in a Secret Santa set-up.

"Jay's Hope families that have children battling cancer will have the opportunity to come and collect some toys for Christmas morning," says Gaskins.

Gunnell adds, "Our ultimate goal is to expand what they're doing into the Florida market because obviously there is a need anywhere."

Gunnell says he teamed up with Jay's Hope because he supports the cause. 

He drove through the night and arrived in Macon at three in the morning. The U-Haul looks deceptively small, but it was filled with more than 500 toys.

"Very rewarding experience. I would say, normally on three hours of sleep I wouldn't be this energetic but when you're able to deliver and make something happen like this, it really makes you feel good," he says.

"This is what hope looks like, is turning around and giving back and giving a little Christmas cheer to these children," says Gaskins.

The toy drive kicked off just this year, but Gunnell is hoping to play Santa for families facing cancer for years to come.

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