Flooding destroys hundreds of toys meant for Christmas donations in eastern Kentucky


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Flooding in eastern Kentucky has damaged a Harlan County man's long-running operation of delivering toys to thousands of children each Christmas season.

Jim "Muggins" Bennett says flooding from the Cumberland River seeped into sheds where he stores toys for the next Christmas delivery. He says hundreds of toys were ruined by flooding this week.

State emergency officials say minor to moderate flooding has occurred along some eastern Kentucky rivers due to heavy rains and snow melt before the latest round of wintry weather.

Bennett and his wife have been delivering toys and food boxes for more than 30 years. The operation has grown to where they provide about 3,000 toys and 600 food boxes each holiday season.

The Bennetts rely on donations but they also buy some of the toys.

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