Kenny's Kids brings Christmas cheer to more than 1,000 families

LEBURN, Ky. (WYMT) - The 12th annual Kenny's Kids event brought more than 1,000 families out to the Knott County Sportsplex on Saturday.

Volunteers say each child who walked through the doors was guaranteed at least one gift to open this Christmas.

More than 200 volunteers became Santa's helpers this year.

"On this day, every year, everybody comes together," Debra Combs said.

Combs and her family continue to honor her brother, Kenny Champion, by helping hardworking parents who struggle to find extra spending money around Christmas.

Though Kenny lost his battle to cancer, they plan to never let his giving spirit die.

Parents who are unable to pay the bills and buy presents too say Kenny's Kids is a blessing.

"It means a lot," Samantha Rowe said. "I mean it's hectic with the crowds ... trying to keep up with them and everything, but the joy they get out of it ... it's worth it."

As parents lined their children up, they became even more anxious to unwrap their gifts.

"You should see how fast they come in when they get started. It's like a herd of elephants," volunteers said.

Rowe's son, Cayden, says his favorite part is the presents. And though the excitement was almost too difficult to bear, he never forgot donors and volunteers were the reason children were blessed with new toys.

"Thank you," he said.

Combs says every year they still end up with enough toys to deliver to other families in need.

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