By Shannon Frost Greenstein

There were tears, listeners.

Tears of happiness, tears of empathy, a few tears because there were loud sirens, and tears of joy.

The 18th Annual Toy Truck Parade was held yesterday morning in gorgeous weather, and went off swimmingly.

Here, to say thank you to everyone who participated, everyone who donated toys, everyone who volunteered, everyone who attended, and everyone who watched on Facebook Live, is a pictorial journey through the day, as told by someone who was truly touched by the event.

It started at the Walmart parking lot, where over 250 trucks, INCLUDING dozens of Ford 150s, assembled to decorate their vehicles.  (Page through galleries).

Then, our esteemed radio personalities secretly judged the decorating contest, which features such themes as the Grinch, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and College Hunks Hauling Junk Toys.

 

Our Grand Marshals from CHOP arrived, and were greeted with a Hero’s Welcome.

Then, it was time for the parade!  The HUGE line of trucks, escorted by a number of fire engines, drove down 309 to the Montgomery Mall…and it was SUCH a sight.  Check out our Facebook page for the live video of the XTU Morning Crew leading the parade, with Frank at the wheel!

Once the trucks arrived and were parked, the toys were unpacked!  (And this, listeners, is why we’re thanking the volunteers so sincerely.  Because check out the size of Toy Mountain.)

Our Grand Marshals received their trophies on stage, and in one of the cutest moments of the ENTIRE morning, one of the little girls took Andie Summers’ microphone and led us all in the Pledge of Allegiance!

SO adorable.  I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying.

We were entertained by a Choir:

 

The decorating trophies were handed out:

And everyone watched as the CHOP Grand Marshals selected their pick of the toys from the GIGANTIC pile:

All in all, it was such a heartwarming event.  We are so grateful for everyone who lent a hand and participated, because it was all for such a great cause:  Making sure ALL children can have some presents to open on Christmas morning or at sundown on the first night of Hanukkah.  Our toys are benefiting the families of the USO and the Boys and Girls Club, while the bicycles…and there were a LOT of them, we had SUCH. GENEROUS. TRUCK. OWNERS…are going to CHOP patients!

Don’t forget, it’s never too early to start planning for the 19TH Annual Toy Truck Parade, next year!  We’ll see you then!

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