Last minute donations help Waypoint families for Christmas

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A last minute community response made the holidays a little brighter for about 500 children in the metro Cedar Rapids area on Thursday.

An influx of last minute gifts helped the Waypoint Wonderland program find enough toys and games for families to choose for children on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (Dave Franzman/KCRG-TV9)

Last week, Waypoint organizers feared donations for the annual “Wonderland” gift program for needy families was running short.

A last minute appeal brought in enough new gift donations to provide plenty for families to select.

On Thursday morning, families came in to pick the gifts they’ll put under trees at home for the kids.

Gina Flint, who was first in line for the selection process, said without the Waypoint gifts there wouldn’t have been much of a Christmas this year.

“It will mean a really nice Christmas now and it will relieve a lot of stress,” she said.

With the last minute influx of donated gifts, participants were able to select several per child along with small games, puzzles and books.

Waypoint said about 150 families had registered for the giveaway program.