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Local UAW collects toys to give children unforgettable holiday

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Around this time of the year, you get into the giving mood. For some, they use that to spread joy for children. 

The UAW Local 598 is making sure children in Mid-Michigan have a unforgettable holiday this year. 

Union President Ryan Buchalski said Flint assembly workers and The Old News Boys united. They spent the day loading up and dropping off hundreds of Christmas gifts. 

"We don’t just built trucks we build communities," Buchalski said. 

Buchalski said all of the bikes and toys will be at Toys for Tots until they get to go home with a lucky boy or girl.

"I hope that on Christmas morning when the kids get up, then will know that they have people in this community that care. The case of Santa Claus is local 598," Buchalski said. 

Buchalski said this was all possible by an event called "Bring a Toy to Work Day." He said hard working auto workers made sure to bring in all of these presents. He added they also sold popcorn at the Flint Assembly Plant to cover additional gifts. 

More than $10,000 worth of toys will be given to the local children in the area.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell came to the Toys for Tots meeting. He said year after year he's glad to see this county-wide tradition continue. 

"The UAW is the salt of our community. For years it’s been real strength. I’m just amazed at how strong these people are even and struggling time. They make sure they’re there for the kids," Pickell said. 

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