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 White Sulphur Springs, W. Va (WVVA)-- The Greenbrier's second annual "Create a Dream Tree For Kids" toy drive has raked in 36,850 gifts.

Those who work there say it was a community effort. "People purchased over 5,000 gifts from our Fizzy's Land of Oz store for donation," said Rebecca Hogan, "and donations came in from off the property."

The Greenbrier also donated one million dollars to the effort.

Thursday, volunteers from the Greenbrier East football team, local charities, and staff at The Greenbrier stacked the gifts and shipped them out around the region. They will go to local children in need.

"It just reinforces the fact that their community does care about them. They may not have a home to go to this Christmas, but there are folks out there who are thinking about them," said Janet Richmond, a representative from Children's Home Society of West Virginia.

She said the gifts their charity receives will go to children in emergency shelters and foster care this holiday.

"What's weighing on their minds is, where will I be, what am I going to have for Christmas. So when they actually see [these gifts]... it's more of a sense of normalcy for them. Their lives are so disrupted and here's, 'Yes, I am going to have a Christmas. It's a big deal to them."

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