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Christmas comes early for children at Wolfson

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the patients at Wolfson Children's Hospital.

Businesses and community members donated thousands of toys for Wolfson's "Christmas in July" fundraiser. The donations began pouring in at the beginning of the month. 

Wolfson Children's Hospital serves more than 80,000 children of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. Event organizers say the toys offer children comfort and distraction from the illness or injury that they are suffering.

"One of the things that happens -- in December, we get so many toys for the kids, but at this time, about six months later, our toys start to dwindle, so we try to have another drive so we have a huge supply that will get us to Christmas," Dr. Veronica Scott-Fulton said.

Some players from the Jacksonville Axemen rugby team helped deliver some of the toys to the children at the hospital.

The toy drive lasted about a month and in all, about 3,000 toys were collected. The hospital has also collected $160 in gift cards, about $120 in cash and $5,260 from online donations.

"We are so excited about this year's result, and thank the community once again for being so generous," said Carol Chaffin of Wolfson Children's Hospital.

You can still help out by dropping off new toys to Wolfson Children's Hospital at 800 Prudential Drive in Jacksonville. Or you can donate online at WolfsonChildrens.org