If this year's stay-at-home orders and coronavirus restrictions have you on the verge of overindulging on eggnog this holiday season, perhaps this news will give you a non-boozy version of Christmas spirit: The Young and the Restless star Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers) shares that she and the rest of the soap's cast and crew went on a shopping spree in order to gift underprivileged children with so many toys, even Santa would be impressed.
In an Instagram post that includes photos from the fun-filled shopping extravaganza, Stafford shares that she and the "insanely generous" Y&R team "totally bought out" the toy section of Big Lots. All of the toys have been donated to Fred Shaw and the Inglewood chapter of the NAACP for them to distribute to the local community.
"We were only able to do this with the help of others," the actress enthuses. "These incredible people who donated their time today and the AMAZING folks at #YR who donate SO much monetarily... Maybe It will be a happier Christmas for some kids... The year has hit some folks so hard!! Perhaps we can inspired [sic] others, you never know.. I am so excited we were able to get this done!!"
Y&R star Christian LeBlanc (Michael Baldwin) also shared several photos and video clips from the show's charity shopping spree.
"Thank you to all who helped make this amazing feat possible especially to Stafford, who once upon a December, had a beautiful idea!" he wrote. "Honorable mention goes to the staff at Big Lots, who cheerfully helped make magic happen and the customers who, when they found out why we were there, rushed out and donated gifts they themselves purchased... God bless us everyone!"
How do you feel about the cast and crew of Y&R giving back to the community with a Christmas shopping spree for kids? Have the soap's charitable efforts inspired you to do a little extra gift giving this year, as well? We want to hear from you -- and there are many ways you can share your thoughts.