Toy Drive Gave Him a Christmas, Now He’s Giving One to Others

All the feels from Day 8 as the hosts of Big Boy Carz LV come bearing gifts

December 6, 2018
Big Boy Carz LV hosts Joe and J.B.
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Toy Drive 2018
It’s easy to overlook the “20” in the 20th annual KLUC Toy Drive presented by Venetian Resort and Sands Cares. After all, the spotlight is always on the words “Toy Drive” and host Chet Buchanan’s yearly effort to collect donations for families struggling to buy gifts for the holidays.

But when you really think about the significance of 20 years, you realize that so many of those children that were able to unwrap gifts as a result of Toy Drive are now grown up and have children of their own.

One thing is certain, they haven’t forgotten the generosity that the community showed them years ago.

“When I was a kid, this is where my toys came from,” explained born-and-raised Las Vegan and Big Boy Carz LV host Joe, who, alongside co-host J.B., delivered boxes of Hot Wheels cars to the NV Energy parking lot on Day 8 of Toy Drive.

“Thank you for what you do, it gave me a Christmas when I was a kid,” the Chaparral High School graduate added, as both he and Buchanan fought back tears.

Rolling up to Toy Drive in a Ferrari 488 Spider, Joe and J.B. unloaded two boxes containing close to 500 Hot Wheels cars (along with three bicycles) they’d collected from Walmart’s around the Las Vegas valley.

“We just stuck our arm in the shelf and swept them all [into the cart],” J.B. said.

“This morning we went back and the guy had just got done stocking the shelf, and we were like ‘Sorry man’ and took them again,” Joe added.

The duo even reserved a special Ferrari 488 Hot Wheels car just for Buchanan, which the host said he would keep in his office. The rest of the donations will benefit HELP of Southern Nevada.

For Joe, the decision to return to Toy Drive bearing gifts for children just like him was a no brainer.

“When I was a kid, we had nothing, and today we drove up in a Ferrari full of toys,” he said.

Toy Drive 2018

DAY 12: A Record-Shattering Morning!
DAY 11: Truck No. 32 is Closed
DAY 10: Highlights
CELEBRITIES: Strip headliner Terry Fator visits Toy Drive
DAY 9: Fellow Jocks Arrive to Boost Chet’s Spirits
DAY 8: Momentum Building, Terry Fator Delivers ‘Trifecta’
STORIES OF TOY DRIVE: Toy Drive Gave Him a Christmas, Now He’s Giving One to Others
DAY 7: Why Every Little Thing Counts
DAY 6: Packing More Acts Than a Vegas Variety Show
CELEBRITIES: Pawn Stars' Chumlee Comes to Toy Drive
CELEBRITIES: The St. Nick Carter Kissing Booth
DAY 5: Highlights
DAY 5: Nick Carter shuts down Truck No. 11
DAY 5: "St. Nick" Carter Kissing Booth a Smash Hit at Toy Drive
DAY 4: Now That's a Sea of Bikes!
DAY 3: Donors Make the NV Energy Parking Lot the Place to Be and Be Seen​
DAY 2: Vegas Businesses Go Above and Beyond​
DAY 2: Clothing Optional as Celebs Deliver Donations
KICKOFF: Toy Drive 2018 opens in grand style with Human Nature, Mayor Goodman
DAY 1 GALLERY: Check out some of the highlights
DAY 1: Human Nature lift Chet skyward
DAY 1: Naqvi Injury Law makes a BIG donation
DAY 1: Tropical Smoothie's Sea of Bikes get bigger!
DAY 1: Hirshi Masonry Spur an historic Toy Drive first!
DAY 1: The first toys on the truck
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