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Toys given at Maryland Zoo to children in need

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 17:32:28-05

BALTIMORE — Kids in the hospital this Christmas are getting some new toys.

Today the Maryland Zoo gave Sinai Hospital hundreds of toys to give to their younger patients.

The zoo normally brings some animals to visit kids inside the hospital, but the pandemic made that impossible.

Still, one zoo worker says they're glad they can make a positive impact on these children's lives.

"To just bring a little bit of the zoo, something that is tangible and you can feel it and it's tactile, we're hoping that it really resonates with the families and just makes their Christmas a little more special for the kids this year."

The toys come from the zoo's 'Zoo Lights' program, where they partnered with Lifebridge Health, asking people to donate new unopened toys.

They were able to donate around 500 toys to kids in need today.