Girl’s holiday drive provides toys for kids in need

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan.  -- When a nine-year-old girl in Overland Park thinks of the holidays, she thinks of ways she can make a difference.

"Others don't have the stuff that I do. I have toys, and clothes and food and shelter but others don't have that," Kendal Adams-Fink said.

So when Kendal was just five years old, she started a holiday drive.

"We just wanted to help people," she said.

For the first couple of years she collected coats and food for families in need, but this year she has a goal of collecting at least 550 toys.

She runs her toy drive out of her grandpa's chili restaurant. A pretty smart businesswoman, she's already collected hundreds of toys.

"All these toys will go to a kid and that means that many kids will be happy," Kendal said.

"I know how excited she gets when the final count comes in. She gets to know how many families will get help," Kendal's mom Brittany Adams said.

The City Union Mission will come collect the toys and hand them to hundreds of families in Kansas City on their route.

"It just makes me think about how happy they'll be when they what they get," Kendal said.

Dennis Chapman works with the mission and says Kendal has been a huge help over the years.

"She's very, alert and very sharp with what she's about," Chapman said.

Kendal knows for most of her friends her age Christmas is about receiving, but she hopes they'll follow in her footsteps.

"Even though you get toys, think about other kids that don't get toys. Some kids don't even have food! Whatever you do to help...it's really much better than taking."

It doesn't stop here, Kendal is collecting donations until December 1st.

If you'd like to donate a toy you can drop it off at Fritz's Chili at 6737 W. 75th Street, Overland Park.