ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The holidays will look a little different for hospitalized kids in the Roanoke Valley because of COVID-19 safety guidelines.

For example, guests and Santa won’t be able to visit children in their hospital rooms this year.

However, the Junior League of Roanoke Valley teamed up with Carilion Clinic for the first time to host a toy drive.

People stopped by the Tanglewood Mall on Saturday, Nov. 21, to drop off new toys for children of all ages.

The Junior League says because of the lack of corporate toy drives this holiday season, there’s a demand for toys for the kids.

“Play can be a big part in recovery and healing when kids are in the hospital,” said a member of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley, Katie Jones. “We don’t have enough toys right now, so we are asking for your help to make things better this holiday season and bring some joy to the kids’ faces.”

If you missed this toy drive, the Junior League will host other toy drives on Nov. 28 and Dec. 5. Both will be at the same location in front of the Tanglewood Mall.

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