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Toys For Cops Helps Local Children In Need

The holidays are supposed to be an uplifting time. But for some children, Christmas can be a nightmare.

MIDLAND -- The holidays are supposed to be an uplifting time.  But for some children, Christmas can be a nightmare.
 
Children dealing with tough times at home might not get any toys this year.
 
One group is trying to change that.  The group is called Toys for Cops, and it's a non-profit designed to comfort children in crisis.
 
They've been collecting toys literally by the truckloads.  So far they have over 700 toys for kids in need.
 
The organization works in conjunction with various law enforcement agencies.
 
17 Year old Wilson Clark, a junior at Lee High School, founded the non profit three years ago, when he was just 15 years old.
 
He got the idea for the non profit when his father, a police officer, had to arrest someone.  Child protective services had to come and get that person's child.
 
"Through this project we're giving them a little something that they can hold onto if they're ever taken away from their families or if they have to go somewhere else," Clark said.
 
Wilson's mother, Laurie Clark, is the president of Toys for Cops.
 
"The first responders, like the police and the law enforcement, they see kids like this everyday.  This doesn't solve their problems, but it lets them know that someone cares," she said.
 
The majority of the toys will go to Children's Advocacy of Midland, who will give out the toys.

If you'd like to help out, you can visit www.toysforcops.org

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