Bill’s Elves toy drive kicks off for 2022

The annual toy drive is partnering with six organizations this year.

SAN ANTONIO – KENS5 and chief weatherman Bill Taylor host Bill’s Elves’ annual holiday toy drive to help collect toys and donations for underserved children in San Antonio.

Last year, Bill’s Elves raised $34,000 in monetary donations and 5,526 toys from a very generous South Texas community. Once again, we are reaching out to you to help these organizations bring smiles to young and old alike.

This year, Bill’s Elves is partnering with Child Protective Services, Roy Mass Youth Alternatives and Urban Faith Mission.

Urban Faith is very active in churches and organizations, demonstrating love and service work.

Steve Kiolbassa, the Founder and Executive Director, told us, “It’s going to take the pressure off the families in those areas. And then the second thing is that it means the world to the kids not to feel disconnected, not to feeling isolated. And that communicates to kids that someone cares about them.”

Bill’s Elves is also in partnership with San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries, SJRC Texas and Mission Road Ministries.

Mission Road has group homes, a day activity centre, a work center and offers opportunities for adults to seek work and career guidance.

Nick Welch chose to live in one of their community houses. Welch said, “I had to share a room with my brother between the ages of 6 and 25. So, you know, if you consider all of that, when you finally get to a room, you’re kind of like, thank God.”

Mission Road couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of Bill’s Elves this year.

Laura Butler, CEO and COO of Mission Road Ministries, told us, “We always want to give everyone a really good Christmas and fulfill their wish lists and stuff. So it’s critical that we have community partners who are ready to give our guys a great Christmas.”

Bill will be at the Alamo Ranch Target from 4-6:30 p.m. Thursday. And of course, you can always donate online. To learn how and to learn more about Bill’s Elves, click here: kens5.com/billselves or billselves.com.

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