Black Friday shoppers on a mission for good

Black Friday Shopping for a Good Cause on November 23, 2017 (WLUK/Mike Moon)

GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- We visited the Toys "R" Us store in Grand Chute to talk to people who were doing early Black Friday shopping.

The doors opened at 5:00 and when we got there at about 4:30, there was a line around the corner of the store.

Inside there were some traffic jams in the aisles as people grab those perfect toys.

We spoke with a group of people there who sacrificed their Thanksgiving evening to be here for a good cause.

For 30 years Lynn Reimer has gotten her family to help her with early Black Friday shopping, but she's not just looking for a few Christmas gifts, they're filling up ten carts' worth.

"Where I work at school in Northbrook Illinos there's a lot of families less fortunate. So we raise money and I take the money and spend it at Toys "R" Us and I need people to help, so..." Reimer told FOX 11 News.

This way each child in need gets to pick a present.

The family made sure to be first in line, arriving three hours before the store opened.

"You save a lot of money, you can get a lot more presents," said Reimer.

"We already ate, so don't worry! We didn't skip the eating with the family, we came afterwards," explained Reimer's niece Nicole Herkert.

This is something the family really enjoys.

"We just got some coffee, trying to keep warm, but just talking, laughing, having fun," Herkert told us.

"It's not raining, it's not freezing, everything's cool," Reimer added.

But it's not all fun and games, they are on a mission.

"Barbie Townhouses, that's the number one thing we're heading for!" Herkert exclaimed.

And the family knows how to handle the crowds.

"It's very hectic, you know, gotta pull out some basketball moves, throw it back to the college days," said Herkert.

"Well, we're blocking them with, like ten carts, that's for sure and we hear lots of stuff, but we kind of ignore it. We hear things like, 'leave some for us!' but we're shopping for kids who have nothing so it just kinda goes over my head now," Reimer told us, laughing.

At the end of the day they told FOX 11 it feels good to help those in need.

"We get to do something special for them," said Herkert, something special to ensure others have a fun holiday season too

The Toys "R" Us is open all night into the actual Black Friday.

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