Operation Toy Lift happens at Ohio Valley Mall

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Things went all the way up for the second year of Operation Toy Lift happening at the Ohio Valley Mall today.

People went into the bucket machine to grab the attention of shoppers and get donations.
Even 7 News Anchor Brooke Chaplin was up there.

“We’re here in front of Macy’s infront of the Ohio Valley Mall and it’s all about the kids in the Ohio Valley. We’re trying to raise some toys for them so they can just have a great Christmas this year,” said Chaplin. 

You couldn’t miss them.

The fundraiser caught the attention of tons of people bringing things from bikes to bags stuffed with toys.

By noon they had already filled three Penske trucks worth of presents.

Christi Miller comes all the way from Pineland, Texas. She moved here for work and was looking to donate this Christmas.

“I wanted to give and I’ve been that single mom who had four kids with no way to buy kids. It’s important to me that now that I can, I do,” said Miller. 

Donations like hers leaving Belmont County Sheriff, David Lucas feeling grateful. 

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger is the man who started this whole thing.

They held similar fundraisers back in Virginia where he used to work.
Schwertfeger says he introduced the idea to his colleagues two years ago over a cup of coffee and two years later, they’re still going strong.

“It’s a good feeling and it’s rewarding to be able to work and serve in this community because we are so giving,” said Schwertfeger.

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