East Tennessee Woodmen of the World's Toy Drive For Children's Hospital

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Updated: 7/02 3:36 pm
Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) Chattanooga's Children's Hospital received a ton of toys Tuesday!

The Woodmen of the World Chapter in East Tennessee did a toy drive to help the kids at the hospital.

Young members set a goal of 125 toys, but they ended up collecting and buying more than 1700 toys!

WDEF News 12's Chief Photographer David Moore checks it out for us.

You guys have pulled off a tremendous thing and I wanted to remind you, the power of a youth and an idea and how quickly that can catch on and make a real impact and difference in the lives of others.

Sparta Chapter of Woodmen of the World Field Representative Regina Wilhite says, "We ask our kids at the summit this year to come up with a project that they would like to do. And so jointly they came up with Erlanger Hospital for the Children Center. We just had a huge outpouring from the community."

Senior Child Life Specialist Lois Simpson says, "I thought it was a donation. It's turned into a quite an incredible donation. We've got 1622 items here."

We're out of room. Did you catch the holiday one, with the Fourth of July. That's why we wanted to get here this week. So we would make sure you got celebrant. You must be Regina. I'm Regina hi Lois. It's nice to meet you.

We have kids that, Erlanger is why they are here.

Erlanger saved their lives.

Former Child Patient Taylor England says, "Play hide and go seek like a little kid. Climbed up in a really good high hiding spot. Made me fall 10 foot on the concrete floor. Then what happened? Stayed here for nine days."

He's one of those kids.

"This hospital done a lot and they do a lot. This is one of the reasons I chose a nursing career," England says.

"Oh this donation is fabulous. We will put all of it to good use," Simpson says.

Wilhite says, "A lot of people think when you say Children's Hospital immediately it's Vanderbilt. But if a child is life flighted from Sparta, they are brought to Erlanger Hospital."

She says, "Woodmen of the World is one of the biggest family organizations in the nation, and that we want to provide them with the things that will make their lives a little bit better while they're here."
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