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Young dancers, car dealerships giving to Toys for Tots

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BIRMINGHAM - AL -

It's Giving Tuesday. More than 82 hundred non-profit organizations nationwide are asking for you to think of them this holiday season  and help make someone's life a little better. It can be as easy as picking-up an extra toy to give to a child at Christmas.

Dancers at Birmingham Dance Theatre showcased some choreography and crazy Christmas costumes for a cause.

"If we brought a toy, we got to wear crazy Christmas stuff," explained Katherine Bradford, a dancer.

The young dancers didn't put too much thought into their clothing but a lot went into their reasons for donating to Toys for Tots.     

"I think it's really good to help kids whose parents don't have money to get presents on Christmas morning. I feel they would be sad if they didn't wake up with presents," said Connor Pilgrim, a dancer.

That's why the dancers filled three donation boxes in one day.

New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at Applebee's or Chevy dealerships.

At Premiere Chevrolet, anyone who purchased a vehicle will have a bicycle donated in their name.

"We just want to give away as many as we possibly can," said Ken Gallo, general manager of Premiere Chevrolet.

Gallo remembers his first bike.

"Well, the first four or five [bikes] were hand me downs from older brothers. I remember the first new Sears spider I got when I was ten or eleven years old," he said.

He hopes to share the thrill of riding.

"That was the coolest thing; and I hope for all the kids that get the bikes, it's the same thing," said Gallo.

And just like the young dance's number,a toy can bring joy and smiles to children this Christmas.

Wednesday is family dinner night at Applebee's. Donate a new, unwrapped toy and children can eat for free. A portion of the sales at Birmingham locations will go to Toys for Tots.