Ashlee’s Toy Closet donates thousands of toys to local children displaced by Almeda Fire

PHOENIX/TALENT, Ore. — Kids displaced by the Almeda Fire were able to pick up brand new toys this afternoon, thanks to a non-profit from Nevada.

Ashlee’s Toy Closet donates toys to children across the nation who have been displaced by fires.

The founder, Ashlee Smith, says the non-profit made a 5 hour drive from Nevada in a 26″ box truck filled with toys.

“I say it all the time: I hate that I have to do it, I wish there wasn’t a need, but I love to do it and see the kids face’s be so happy,” said Smith.

Smith she believes over 1,000 toys given away to Almeda Fire victims today at Jackson County Fire District 5.

She says in the last 13 years, her non-profit has donated over 5 million toys to displaced kids.

NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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