Toy Drive Day 10: We’re In the Endgame Now

Santa comes to close a truck

December 8, 2018
The Community Supports Toy Drive

As the doors closed Saturday on Coca Cola Truck No. 25, 98.5 KLUC host Chet Buchanan looked out across the parking lot of NV Energy and took a deep breath.

Less than 72 hours to go, he thought. To borrow a line from Benedict Cumberbatch’s Dr. Strange, “We’re in the endgame now.”

On any other Saturday, the parking lot would be empty, but as the 20th annual KLUC Toy Drive presented by Venetian Resort and Sands Caresbegan to wind down, it was filled with thousands of bicycles and a bevy of volunteers, donors, and supporters who just showed up to give Buchanan a friendly wave and a thumbs up.

The closing of the 25th Coca Cola truck—loaded with toy donations for HELP of Southern Nevada—signified another achievement for Toy Drive, which is aiming to top its goal of 32 trucks by the time Buchanan climbs down from his 30-foot platform on Monday morning.

To keep the host’s spirits up, a crew from Aloha Kitchen arrived in the parking lot on Saturday to serve food to the KLUC crew and anyone else who showed up with donations.

The restaurant wasn’t the only business that took time off Saturday to support Toy Drive.

Earlier in the day, representatives from the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada arrived with donations. Even Santa showed up to close a truck. Meanwhile, donations of cash and gift cards reached $299,025 by 3:30 p.m., and the number of donated bikes totaled 5,410 following a donation of 100 bikes (and a tricycle) from Exquisite Mopars.

“I love nice, round numbers,” Buchanan said, laughing.