Meet the Hrevnaks, one of many families who benefit from Hope for the Holidays

WALBRIDGE, Ohio (WTVG) - There is a lot of energy in the Hrevnak family home in Walbridge.

Mom Megan has three boys and all of them are counting down the days until Christmas.

"What do you want for Christmas," Megan asked her 7 year old.

"A PlayStation!" he replied.

But making some of those holiday dreams a reality hasn't always come easy. In fact, it's been a struggle for a few years as she and her mom work to make ends meet.

"I didn't have the money to do anything for Christmas," Megan told 13abc. "My family tried to help me out and nothing was coming together."

That's when she turned to the Salvation Army.

"I couldn't get anywhere without them," she said.

Megan and her boys are just a snapshot of the families helped through the Hope for the Holidays toy drive. For the last month 13abc viewers have stepped up to the plate, donating new toys to make sure kids have a gift under the tree.

"I'm very thankful and I try to pay it forward," Megan said. "If I have something to give to someone, I try."

This year marks the eighth year the Salvation Army and other area businesses have partnered with 13abc for the toy drive.

In that time, thousands of toys have left our studios and gone out to deserving families in the community.

The annual Hope for the Holidays Drive-Thru Bash is happening on Friday, Dec. 7. It runs all day at 13abc studios in Toledo. That's where you'll find Santa Claus, live entertainment, free coffee and hot chocolate from Biggby Coffee, free slices of pizza from Vito's Pizza and dozens of special guests.

We're also hosting drive-thru collections at the Salvation Army locations in Bowling Green and Findlay and outside JC Penney at the Franklin Park Mall, in partnership with the Old Newsboys.