Newark toy drive nets 40,000 donations for kids

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A toy drive by the Newark Police and Fire departments brought in more donations than they ever dreamed.

Newark police spokesman Capt. Derek Glenn says that he was only expecting around 5,000 toy donations as part of the annual drive.

But thanks to help from Toys for Tots, the charity event netted more than 40,000 toys for children this holiday season.

One of the first children to receive a gift was 6-year-old Nicholas Benjamin. The boy was injured in a shooting this July.

Malik Edwards, 9, also received a toy. He was seriously injured after he was hit by a car near a Newark elementary school.

Officers and firefighters also handed out toys to other Newark children. They went to playgrounds, businesses and other places that children gathered to hand them out.

Toys were also given to children who will spend Christmas in area hospitals.

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