At Christmas, lots of people donate toys to hospitalized children.
Most are gone by April.
That's when Tori's Toys steps in.
For the past five years, Mateo, Amber, and Tori Constantino have been collecting toys and taking them to children in Lancaster General Hospital.
The reason is simple, Tori said.
"When I was sick, people did that for me when I was three," she said. That was her third time in the hospital. She was treated for pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses, the first time when she was just 11 weeks old.
This is the third year Tori, now six, has been running the program.
"This is year five for Tori's Toys," Amber Constantino said. "We did it for the first couple of years and this will be her third year."
The family's efforts have not gone unnoticed.
Tori and her mother, Amber, received one of the local Jefferson Awards presented to people who do extraordinary things without expectation of recognition. They received the award from a Harrisburg-based TV station.
When she's not working on her toy donation program, Tori attends kindergarten at Quarryville Elementary School.
After school, she likes to play with the family's three dogs and three cats. "I like to play
Uno and Go Fish and Memory," she said of her three favorite games. "I also danced until I hurt my knee."
And works to collect money to help buy the toys she and her parents will take to Lancaster General Hospital.
"I collect change from Mommy and Daddy and put it in my piggy bank. I get money by doing my chores, including cleaning my room, cleaning the bathroom, and feed and get water for the animals. I collect money all year," she said.
She also helps pick out the toys for the hospitalized children. "We go to the store and get them," she said of the toys she and her parents take to the hospital."
She and her parents buy toys when they find them on sale, storing them in the basement of their Quarryville home until it's time to take them to the hospital. A store in Lancaster, Ollie's Outlet, found out why they were buying the toys this past November and gave them a 20 percent discount on their purchases.
This year, the money in her piggy bank, additional donations, and contributed toys will be enough to collect more than 300 toys. Legos, games, crafts, and one of Tori's favorites, twisti pets - bracelets that can be twisted to become animals - will be among this year's donations.
"We will deliver them on April 1," Tori said. "I will take them to the hospital myself."