Beauty salon hosts toy drive

Author: Chris Robbins, Evening newscast producer, crobbins@wjxt.com
Published On: Dec 22 2013 09:55:22 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 22 2013 10:05:42 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

With just days left until Christmas, with the help of one local hair salon, some children will walk away with a smile this holiday season.

Genesis Beauty Salon hosted its fifth annual Angel Tree Christmas Party Saturday, an event aimed to help local children, who may be less fortunate, get gifts for Christmas.

Boys and girls lined up to pick up the free toys and bikes. Chris Fluitt, event coordinator at Genesis, said the drive gets bigger and bigger each year.

Fluitt said it's a great way to reach out to those in her community.

"We see people on a daily basis, and there are a lot of hurting people and people that just don't have, and you hear the stories, you just want to open your heart to them," Fluitt said.

Fluitt says the salon does it's own fundraisers for the event, but help from sponsors like Target, WalMart and Chick-Fil-A makes the toy drive possible.