This holiday season, The Basil Family of Dealerships, Entercom Broadcasting, WKBW Television and Toys for Tots teamed up once again to provide toys for children who might otherwise not receive anything for Christmas. Operation Santa Claus has contributed over 40,000 toys since its inception in 2004.

Participants entered to win a brand new vehicle just for making a donation. Over 5,000 Western New Yorkers donated toys and entered to win their choice of a new 2012 Ford Fiesta, 2012 Chevy Cruze, 2012 Chevy Sonic, 2012 Toyota Corolla or $17,000 in Basil Bucks toward the purchase of any pre-owned vehicle from the Basil Resale Centers. Donations and entry forms were accepted at all eight Basil locations: Basil Toyota in Lockport, Basil Resale Sheridan & Basil Resale Transit in Williamsville, Joe Basil Chevrolet in Depew, Robert Basil Chevy Buick Cadillac in Fredonia, Basil Ford in Cheektowaga and Basil Resale South & Basil Resale Delaware in Buffalo.

On Wednesday, December 21st, live on WKBW-TV's AM Buffalo, six finalists
selected keys, hoping they chose the one that would start the contest vehicle. One by one, they got into the vehicle parked in Basil Toyota's brand new showroom. The fourth contestant, Ken Tys from Depew, turned his key and was the lucky winner! Luck is no stranger to the Tys Family. Back in 2005, Ken's mother, Irene Tys, was the Operation Santa Claus car winner.

Joe Basil, Sr. expressed his gratitude, "For well over 58 years, Western New York has supported the Basil Family and we want to thank everyone and give back to our community as much as we can. Thank you."

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