McKINNEY (Nov. 10, 2015) — Historic Downtown McKinney will serve as a drop-off location for WFAA Channel 8 Santa's Helpers Toy Drive from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 on Kentucky Street next to the McKinney Performing Arts Center. Santa's Helpers collects new, unwrapped toys for more than 50,000 needy children age infant through teen in each of the four Dallas-Fort Worth counties: Collin, Dallas, Tarrant and Denton. McKinney is the designated Collin County drop-off, and approved community service organizations, including the Salvation Army of McKinney, the Assistance Center of Collin County and Frisco Family Services, will distribute toys collected in McKinney to recipients in Collin County.

Historic Downtown McKinney Hosts Santa's Helpers Toy Drive

Residents, schools, churches, service organizations and businesses are encouraged to collect toys and decorate their vehicles to come through the drive-thru line on Dec. 7. Media personalities will be on hand and live broadcasts will be shown on WFAA Channel 8 during the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

“One of my favorite attributes of our city is the generosity of our citizens,” said Mayor Brian Loughmiller. “We are proud to serve as a host for this worthy cause and look forward to making Christmas a little bit merrier for the children in our county.”

The 2015 Santa's Helpers campaign is sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Don Davis Auto Group, Milestone Electric and Tom Thumb. For more information on WFAA Channel 8 Santa's Helpers Toy Drive, visit


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of more than 155,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at