'Noche de Niños' collects more than 2,100 toys for children in need

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Kids who otherwise wouldn't have a gift to unwrap this Christmas will now thanks to the community's generosity.

People packed Anodyne Coffee in Walker’s Point Wednesday night for "Noche de Niños."

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee puts on the event every year. This was the 16-th year for it.

You can call it a party with a purpose. People donated a toy to get inside the celebration.

More than 1,100 toys were collected Wednesday night alone. Add that number to the toys collected during HPGM’s toy drive over the last few weeks and more than 2,100 toys will go to local kids this year.

"I think there are things that we all take for granted and forget how lucky we are that not everyone has. So if there's anything we can do to help other people have a happy holiday season that's what we want to do. If we can bring people together in the process, that's just icing on the cake," HPGM Interim Executive Director Kim Schultz said.

This year the toys will be distributed to 11 local non-profit organizations that help families and kids in need.

CBS 58 Morning News anchor Jessica Tighe was the emcee.

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