CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of Teamsters Local 175 delivered more than $15,000 worth of food and toys to the Children's Home Society early Monday morning.
Five hundred pounds of potatoes were carried into the group's headquarters on Greenbrier Street, near the road leading up to Yeager Airport.
So were scores of boxes and cartons filled with cranberry juice, soups, chili, canned tuna, soda, macaroni and cheese, sugar, jellies, peanut butter, saltines, vanilla wafers, pudding snacks, mustard, flour, coffee and oatmeal
Dolls, stuffed animals, dump trucks, skateboards, puzzles, baby doll strollers, puzzles, games and other toys filled dozens of big plastic bags.
It took 18 people nearly an hour to unload all the Christmas gifts from a packed delivery truck. Half were Teamsters members, while the other half worked for the Children's Home Society.
"I am really inspired by your gifts. It is heartening to know how many people they will help," said Stephen Tuck, Children's Home Society's new chief executive officer.
Ken Hall, president of Local 175 and secretary-treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, said, "We have been doing this for 12 years. What better can we do to help kids who might not have a Christmas?
"This makes our members feel very good. This is their chance to give something back. Our members make more than most people do. Most of our kids and grandkids get way more than they need for Christmas.
"This is more rewarding, Hall said. "We are all a family. The whole concept of the Teamsters is to help others."
Local 175 set a new record this year by raising over $15,000 for Christmas gifts, surpassing its previous record, set last year, of $10.000, Hall said.
Donations came from active and retired workers. On Saturday, the union held a "Breakfast With Santa" at its South Charleston headquarters.
"More than 300 people attended. Then we went out to stores. Half of us went to grocery stores and the other half bought toys.