Toy Drive for Medford families enters its 19th year on Cherry Lane

Medford, Ore — Residents on Cherry Lane in Medford are already getting in on the holiday spirit, collecting toys for kids in their community

The Cherry Lane toy drive, also known as the “Lightly Loved Toys” or “Christopher’s Christmas” drive began in honor of one of the founder’s children 19 years ago.

In it’s first year, they only collected a few dozen gifts for kids in need.

Last year the drive collected enough toys for 1,500 children.

This year they say the need is even greater.

To donate, all you have to do is bring new or lightly used toys to the barrel on Cherry Lane in Medford starting this weekend.

You can also donate online at the drive’s page here https://www.facebook.com/santaliveshere/

Matt Jordan is the Chief Meteorologist for KOBI-TV NBC5. Matt joined the NBC5 weather team in 2014 after a year as a reporter and anchor in Alexandria, Louisiana. His experience with the severe weather of the Deep South and a love of the Pacific Northwest led him to pursue a certification with Mississippi State University as a Broadcast Meteorologist. You can find Matt working in the evenings of NBC5 News at 5, 6 and 11 as well as online. Matt also has a degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon. In addition to being passionate about news and weather, Matt is a HUGE Oregon Ducks fan. When not rooting for the Ducks or tracking down the next storm over the Pacific, Matt can be found outdoors in the Oregon wilderness with his wife and their German Shepherd named Stanley.
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