The Sons of the American Legion post in Midlothian is helping the Texas State Guard provide a bit of Christmas cheer to children in the hospital this year.

Through it's Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive, the Texas State Guard collects and distributes new toys to pediatric patient at dedicated children's hospitals in Texas during the Christmas season and hopes to leave a year's worth of toys behind, according to the group's website,

This year, Sons of the American Legion post members are helping the guard by placing boxes around the Midlothian community to help support the effort in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Sons of the American Legion are requesting community members drop off a new, unwrapped toy at one of the two collection points in Midlothian.

“We have two collection points for drop-offs: Caroline’s Restaurant in Midlothian and Pam’s Hair Design at 616 W. Main. These items need to be received no later than Dec. 8,” said post member Robert Sonnier. “The kids can be up to 15 years old.”

Hospitals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that will receive toys from the drive include Dallas Children’s Hospital, Dallas Shiner’s Children’s Hospital, Our Children’s House at Baylor, Cook’s Children’s Hospital in Ft. Worth and Hedrick Children’s Hospital in Abilene.

“In 2009, the project collected 2,444 new unwrapped toys. In 2015 the project grew to 33,000 toys,” Sonnier said. “The hospitals in the project include over 2500 beds.”

The Texas State Guard recommends toys like coloring books, crayons, stuffed toys, dolls, board games and video games, Legos and cars and trucks. The toys are delivered two weeks before Christmas by State Guard regiments or air wings.