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Metro Lighting holding toy driver for Shriners Hospital for Children

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BRENTWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Another toy drive is underway to help children at Shriners Hospital replace damaged toys.

Metro Lighting wants to make sure kids still receive toys for Christmas after a heavy fire destroyed hundreds of toys for sick children at Shriners in mid-November.

“A lot of these kids don’t have a lot,” said Heather Kunst, project manager with Metro Lighting.  “They have a lot of medical bills, Shriners takes care of a lot of it, but a lot of families that go there spend most of their time at Shriners, they’re not at home working, making money to bring home Christmas presents.”

Workers said they were in the office and were heartbroken when they learned blanket and toys were destroyed in the fire. The Shriners said the toys were meant for children who were invited to a Christmas party, which is being held on December 10. Around 1,500 children received invitations.

Metro Lighting is collecting new, unwrapped toys at all of its store locations for kids between 11-18-years-old.

“Our first drop-off of donations will occur on Friday, December 8 in time for the Shriners Hospital Christmas party,” said Kunst. “The drive will continue until December 14 for our second drop-off at the Moolah Shrine Center to be distributed to children still in the hospital on Christmas day.”

Metro Lighting, is one of Missouri’s largest lighting distributor and has 14 locations that serve St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County and Cape Girardeau.

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