Khloe Kardashian toy drive draws thousands in Dallas




Posted on December 21, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 21 at 7:45 PM

DALLAS — Dallas City Hall has never seen anything like this.

The line to get in wrapped around the building. There were thousands of screaming women, all waiting to meet Dallas' newest celebrity, reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, the youngest of the Kardashian sisters.

More than 2,000 fans showed up, all with toys in hand for a drive to benefit Children's Medical Center that Khloe Kardashian organized in less than three days.

Kardashian made her entrance next to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, who donated the first toy  —  a Cowboys edition Monopoly game.

"I appreciate and love everyone so much, so happy holidays!" Kardashian said. "You guys are changing children's lives that are in the hospital so you are doing such an amazing thing. Thank you guys so much and thank you, mayor."

Kardashian did not meet with reporters but schmoozed, smiled, shook hands, signed autographs and took pictures with her adoring fans.

Some waiting in line were so overwhelmed, they couldn't hold back tears.

"I'm just so excited to meet her," said Kathryn Clark, 14, who cried after seeing Kardashian. "It's just shocking to me to meet her because I love her family so much."

All the action was taped by a crew of Kardashian's reality show, "Khloe & Lamar." Crew members told News 8 it was the largest crowd they'd seen at any of Khloe's events.

The crew will continue shooting the show in Dallas through February.

But with such a large crowd and Khloe's time constraints, as many as 1,000 of her fans did not get to meet her.

"We waited in line for like four hours," said Yadira Paniagua, one of those who did not get up close and personal  with Kardashian. "I'm pretty pissed."

Crew members from the show told News 8 the number of people that showed up was overwhelming, but Kardashian was grateful to her fans for their generosity.

Thousands of toys filled a 20-foot moving truck. The toys will be distributed to the more than 500 pediatric patients at Children's Medical Center Dallas.