Leo Sanchez/Conexion Del Rio

DEL RIO,TX–On Friday, December 2nd from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. members of the The Champions of San Antonio, Tx assisted the Val Verde Child Welfare Board with this year's Toy Drive, in order to assure that children will have a gift this Christmas.

Del Rioans, while catching a break from the rain and cold weather, got the opportunity to donate toys this holiday season, to bring smiles to children who live in foster care.

As people from the community arrived at Bel Furniture, Super Heroes- Batman(David Coplan-Castillo,), Superman(Doc Love), Steph Johnson, Harley Quinn, Val Verde Fire Department, and the VVCCWB received them with open arms. 

"We are here to assist the children this year," said Michael McDonald, Representative of The Champions.

The VVCCWB is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing basic essentials for children who are in need of immediate help.  The local board, wants people to be knowledgeable and concerned about prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.  The organization hosts holiday celebrations and other special events for foster children, sponsor public awareness events to promote child abuse prevention and recruit foster and adoptive homes.  The organization coordinates with courts and judges to meet tangible needs of children receiving CPS services.

"We will be giving the gifts to the children this Sunday, December 4th," said Kathy Lynn Rivas, Member of VVCCWB.  "The Champions contacted us about participating at the event."

The Champions participated with the VVCCWB earlier this year at the Kids Day Fair.  With about a dozen super hero characters, the team brought smiles to all in attendace.

The Champions is a non-profit organization founded and operated within the San Antonio area.  Their mission is to help further children's education by fighting illiteracy, promoting a healthy way of life, aiding in the community, and spreading awareness on obstacles one may confront.  The Champions was created in order to help anyone in need of a champion.  

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"This is all for a great cause.  Seeing a smile in a child's eye is well worth it," said McDonald.

With everyone's help, the event collected two big boxes of toys and money donations for the children.

The Toy Drive took place at Bel Furniture, located at 900 Veterans Blvd, this past Friday.  Despite the weather, the event was a complete success.

For more information about VVCCWB, visit them at Val Verde County Child Welfare Board's Facebook Page.  

For more information about The Champions of San Antonio, visit them at The Champions of San Antonio's Facebook Page.