More than 175 toys were collected by Jim Stone Elementary students and their families throughout the month of December.

Through a partnership with the Faulkner County Circle of Friends, the new, unwrapped toys will travel to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock where they will be given out to the young patients.

Principal Mark Lewis said the school has been doing the toy drive for five years.

"There are kids that are in the hospital right now, sick, and they won't be able to be home for Christmas. ... The toy closets at ACH year round are huge," he said. "When you have a sick child, just on a normal visit [is difficult], but this time of year is especially special for all of those kids who are sick."

Lewis said the school's project began when his son was diagnosed in 2008 with Acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

"We saw the benefit of the toy closets and how it brightened him up — he was 3 years old — all the way up through teenagers who go there," he said. "It's not just little kid toys. We have teenager cards, things like that, that are donated."

From there, the school took on the toy drive as one of its overall community outreach programs.

Amy Smith, chair of Faulkner County Circle of Friends, then reached out to Lewis and the two decided to combine efforts.

"As we collected [toys], it was just a natural partnership where we collected them the same time of year and [Circle of Friends] would take them down to children's hospital," he said.

Lewis said this is something the school will continue to do as long as he's principal there.

For Smith, seeing children giving to children is what this season all about.

"It makes my heart happy," Smith said.

She said the toy closet at ACH is operated in several different ways.

The donations are given to patients who are undergoing treatment, set up like a store for parents who aren't able to go out to allow them to shop during the holidays for their children and the toys are given out by Santa Claus when he visits the young patients.

Smith said the cause is important and special to her because of the number of children who have to seek treatments at the hospital and possibly stay during the holidays.

"It's just something I care deeply about … is doing something for the kids in the state of Arkansas," she said.