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INDIANAPOLIS — Shoppers are racing through the aisles of stores in search of a deal. Each year, the Black Friday offerings start earlier and earlier, but the people keep coming.

Shoppers we found had carts full of stuff, some people had to get multiple carts just to fill their lists. Toys R Us is where FOX59 found an absolutely heartwarming story of a couple who got up from their thanksgiving table to do some good for the community.

“Just to give back to the community, to help, I mean, times are tough nowadays,” said Renee Hull.

The toys they put in to their numerous carts are for needy kids in Central Indiana. Each year, for the last 20 years, the Hulls team up with some of Renee’s friends who pool their money and spend it on toys to make sure kids have a merry christmas. The Pike Township Trustees and Fire Department give them out to the families so something is under their trees. If what is purchased on Black Friday isn’t enough, no worries.

“We’ll come back out and help them back out and we’ll get what they need. So, it’s fun, it’s fun to see the kids open their gifts,” Hull said.

The Hulls we’re among the thousands of people who came out to Toys R Us and other stores after loading up on turkey to load up on deals. Toys R Us was mobbed, and it was no easy trip through the aisles.

You had to squeeze through the crowded Best Buy store next door. Electronics were marked down big time, and Trey Taylor hoped to find a cheap iPad 2. Dealing with the crowds was another story.

“This is one of the first times, and it is a little but insane for me, but I knew they had deals so I couldn’t resist. I’m already kinda wanting to go home,” Taylor said.

JCPenney opened at 8 p.m., a line formed there beforehand because to these shoppers it’s all about finding the best deal.

An officer with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department gave me some advice to protect you. He says don’t leave your items in plain view in your car. In other words, don’t put them in your back seat and go buy more. Hide them, so you’re not the victim of a break-in or theft.