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Ten-year-old organizes toy drive

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After hearing of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy, one little girl takes action, just in time for the holiday season. Innae Park has more.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- “When Hurricane Sandy hit, lots of people lost everything and people have been giving people things that they need. But I thought, why not give things to the children?” Madison Hurlburt said.

With that question in mind, 10-year-old Madison Hurlburt began a toy drive last month, wrapping up on December 18th, right in time for the holidays.

Hurlburt said, “We were supposed to collect unwrapped toys and bring them to the kids that need them the most so they can feel normal again.”

Her family, touched by their little girl's attitude. One that clearly lives out the spirit of giving during the season.

Kristie Hurlburt said, “It's moving to hear her think of somebody else in a time of need and not just herself.”

The toys were collected at two locations: Her parent's store in Pittsfield and Sweet Pea's Ice Cream Parlor in Dalton.

Madison Hurlburt said, “When I was at the shop, I thought, why is nobody giving toys for us, but lots of toys for Sweet Pea's?”

Her efforts paid off, with more than 100 toys collected for kids.

“We hoped for a few hundred. A few thousand would have been better. But, you know, a few hundred is great, too. That's a few hundred that didn't have a toy or doesn't have something to open on Christmas,” Kristie Hurlburt said.

The toys will be given to families in Gerritsen Beach in Brooklyn. The Richmond volunteer firefighters will be delivering the toys on Sunday. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP