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Total toys collected by Not-Forgotten Box: 18,673

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    Ramiro Enamorado, left, of the Salvation Army, Major Alice Sears, and volunteer Elizabeth Reihner unload toys for sorting at Elyria Salvation Army on Dec. 13. More than 18,000 toys were donated this year. Distribution will be Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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    Volunteer Patricia Buckland packages toy requests at Elyria Salvation Army on Dec. 13. More than 18,000 toys were donated this year. Distribution will be Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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    Toys are shown before sorting at Elyria Salvation Army on Dec. 13. More than 18,000 toys were donated this year. Distribution will be Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Salvation Army.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — More than doubling its goal of 8,000 new toys and gifts for Lorain County children, the 2018 Not-Forgotten Box toy drive ended Friday with a grand total of 18,673 toys collected.

Bill Hudnutt, publisher of The Chronicle-Telegram, said he hoped the collection would hit its goal this year, “but we never expected this kind of response, especially going this far over.”

“It’s a further reflection on the community, that it’s a very generous community,” he said. “And we’re happy to facilitate it.”

The one-day record this year for donations was 4,295 items, which were dropped off Monday.

Motorcycle clubs, fraternal organizations, schools, companies and corporations were among the donors this year, along with a multitude of local residents and one anonymous couple who brought 2,700 items in a single day.

All the gifts and other donations will be sorted and distributed by the Salvation Army of Lorain County. Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, the drive began Nov. 19.

The collection total was the highest in at least four years. In 2017, 11,158 toys and gifts were collected.

A total of 12,982 items were collected in 2016, and 10,027 were donated in 2015.

Contact Dave O’Brien at 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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