Health First toy drive fills truck for needy children

By Greg Pallone, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, December 06, 2013, 2:06 PM EST

One of Brevard County's largest employers is once again in the holiday spirit, helping children who otherwise would go without.

More than 60 Health First employees and volunteers combed the Toys R Us store in Melbourne Friday morning, tracking down gifts on 400 kids’ Christmas wish list.

The toys are going to the South Brevard Sharing Center, a group helping the needy for more than 40 years.

The donation is part of the center's "Children Without Christmas" toy drive.

“We do want them to know people are thinking about them, and for them to feel blessed. That's why we're doing it,” said Health First CEO Steven Johnson.

All the toys were loaded onto a truck and will be delivered to the children before Christmas Day.

Health First has 7,500 employees and operates four hospitals in Brevard County.