Wichitans help distribute toys to Puerto Ricans on Christmas

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Mark Nichols Mark Nichols
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A group of tree trimmers from Wichita are not only helping Puerto Ricans with their recovery following Hurricane Maria, but they're also bringing Christmas spirit.

Mark Nichols works for Wright Tree Service, and says that while stationed in Puerto Rico, he and a group of others wanted to help the less fortunate.

“We decided we were going to raise money for the less fortunate ones here, who lost homes or even family members,” Nichols said. “We decided we were going to get some money together, get some presents, and get them back to whoever needs them.”

The group spent thousands of dollars on presents and gave them out on Christmas Day. The longtime tree-trimmer says he has never seen such devastation.

“I've been to a lot of storms, I have been doing this for 18 years....this one pretty much tops them all,” he said.

In addition to distributing an entire trailer of toys, their tree trimming also allowed electrical service to be restored to some Puerto Ricans.

“I think if anything, that was probably their biggest Christmas present, being able to get their power back,” Nichols said.

He will be stationed in Puerto Rico until March. 

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