Toys From The Heart helps NRV families in need of Christmas gifts

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CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Families in the New River Valley looking for gifts for children can find help this week in Christiansburg.

Toys From The Heart opens the week leading up to Christmas, after many charity groups have already finished their holiday drives.

Families are screened through the United Way and other emergency assistance programs and allowed to shop through the store in Christiansburg for gifts at no charge to them.

"It's gratifying to know that a lot of kids are going to get up with a little nicer Christmas, Christmas morning. Maybe not the best, but nicer," said Nelson Cary, the coordinator of Toys From the Heart.

Many of the donated toys come from Toys for Tots donations. Last year the organization helped 405 children in the seven days the store is open.