HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - A group of tough guys are bringing happiness to kids this Christmas.
Wrestlers with Appalachian Mountain Wrestling held a toy drive this year to give back to the kids who attend their events, and those in need this Christmas season. The toys will be handed out along with food to hundreds of applicants who have applied for help with County Line Community Church. Wrestlers said the toys will bring joy to Eastern Kentucky kids on Christmas Day.
"Every time I walk to that ring I hear people screaming, they're out of their seats, they're cheering, there's smiles on their faces, and I want to do everything I can to give back to them," said Jordan Clearwater, Wrestler, Appalachian Mountain Wrestling. "Whether that's signing autographs, whether that's taking photos, everything we can do so this is just one extra way we can impact people's lives."
The wrestlers said they hope the toys not only inspire the children now, but well into the future.
"It's not just giving a kid a gift for Christmas, you're giving them inclusion so they can feel like everyone else on Christmas morning with something new," said Lemonjuice McGee, Appalachian Mountain Wrestling. "You're giving them a friend, also you're helping them build imagination, which means you're not just giving a child a toy, you are building the future."
The toys and food will be given out next Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Line Community Church Outreach Center on Highway 28 in Perry County.
The donations will be given to hundreds of people who have applied for assistance through the County Line Community Church.
The church is still looking for food and toy donations, which can be dropped off until 12 p.m. on December 20th at the County Line Community Outreach Center or contact County Line Community Church on their Facebook Page.