BOISE -- Every year, Fred Meyer allows a few KTVB anchors to go wild in their toy aisles.
Steve Kozell, who runs the Fred Meyer store in Meridian, invited Carolyn Holly, Maggie O'Mara, Jay Tust, and Justin Corr to tear apart the store and grab as many toys as possible in 90 seconds. Those toys will be donated to the Salvation Army.
"Newscasters kind of have fun with it! It all goes to the Season of Hope," explained Steve Kozell.
In a boys against girls match-up, Carolyn, Maggie, Justin, and Jay made quite the scene on a Tuesday morning.
Fred Meyer, KTVB and the Salvation Army have been teaming up to do this fundraiser for 10 years now. The toys will contribute to the Stuff the Bus campaign and will eventually end up at the Salvation Army Toy and Joy shop, where parents who find themselves in a bind can shop.
"All of the toys today will go in the bus. They used to go downtown to Channel 7, but we don't do that anymore. Your studio is not big enough," Kozell explained. "Fred Meyer really believes in giving back to the community we do our business in."
Fred Meyer customers, and the employees give to the Stuff the Bus Campaign too!
"Last year, our customers gave over 6,320 toys," said Kozell.
Captain John Stennett with the Salvation Army says the need for community support is huge this year.
"The best part about the toys for Christmas is they give families hope again," said Stennett. "We wouldn't be able to do what we do without corporations like Fred Meyer. They just love to give, they love to support their local communities and we love to be partners with them."
Fred Meyer and its employees are happy to help, especially this time of year. That is why they are all Seven's Heroes.
During KTVB's shopping spree at Fred Meyer, the anchors gathered about $6,000 worth of toys to donate. In the last year, Fred Meyer has donated more than $340,000 dollars to various causes in the Treasure Valley.
You can help make Christmas a little brighter for less fortunate families around our community. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the KTVB studios. They will be donated to the Salvation Army.
If you are a parent and you need some extra help this year, you can sign up to shop at the Salvation Army's Toy and Joy Shop by heading to their office. It is located right next to the thrift store at 4308 West State Street. But do it soon, the demand is high.