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Plenty of "Christmas smiles" for kids at Ottawa County's Boys & Girl's Club

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An exciting day for many kids in Miami today, as they were given Christmas gifts.  The gifts may have been like any other you may find at the store.  But the meaning behind this giving was unique.

Though the presents aren't wrapped with paper, each gift is encased with love.

"The local children of Miami are a big part of the community," says Demaris Rector with The Stables Casino.

From the community of Miami comes gifts for children.  The type of gifts that touch both hands and hearts.

"This is, for some of them, might be their only presents this year," says Maria Olson with the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa County.

"I got a Barbie," says one girl.

"A Ninja Turtle," says one boy.

A two week toy drive at Miami's Stables Casino brought in more than one thousand toys for the local Boys and Girls Club.

"Everybody just rushes in and donates right away," says Rector.

Kids are given two toys each, after going through some virtual games, like Candyland.  

A visit by Nick Claus shows his approval.  Though word is, the real Santa up North got in a flight delay.

One boy says with a smile, "He ain't even real!"

"It's a real fun way where everyone gets a present, but it's not a mad rush to come out and pick out what you want," says Olson.

At a young age, there are those wants.

"It's heart warming," says Rector.  "They're so excited to get the presents.  And it's so much fun to see how excited they get!"

One boy says, "I get toys!"

A girl says, "It makes me feel great!"

It's the feeling organizers hope stays with these kids, as they get older, from giving presents, as well.

Some toys leftover because there weren't enough kids at today's event were given to NEO's Angel Tree program, which also serves people in need.

In addition to toys being given to the Boys and Girls Club in Miami, Boys and Girls clubs in Commerce, OK received 150 toys, and the club in Fairland, OK received 200 toys.

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