Hoosiers continue a Thanksgiving tradition of going Black Friday shopping

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Nov. 27, 2014) -- Stores all across Central Indiana were packed with shoppers for Black Friday, in what has become a Thanksgiving tradition for some families.

Toys R Us and Best Buy in Castleton opened at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving to a line of people that stretched in to the parking lot. It was chaotic but very controlled with a lot of smiling faces.

Toys R Us had a plan to handle the crowd. They were allowing 50 people in at a time. Each one had empty carts that they wanted to fill up quickly with the Black Friday deals. It was a little difficult navigating through the aisles at times, but the shoppers managed.

One of the shoppers was Renee Hull who was on a special mission. Friends of her's pool their own money together to buy toys for children in need in Pike Township. The toys are wrapped and handed out just in time for the holidays.

"It makes you feel real good, it makes you feel real good inside that you're going to be able to help someone who may not get anything," Hull said.

When all is said and done, the Toys R Us store in Castleton will have been open for about 30 hours. The manager says it takes a lot of preparation and a lot of help.

"A lot of preparation for the months in advance, doing a lot of interviewing bringing a lot of people on board," said manager Shawn Bratton.

Many shoppers are Black Friday experts, it's a tradition, but Mike Coffey hadn't done it in a while.

"Honestly, this is the first time in 10 years that we've been out," Coffey said. "We got the kids down earlier, they were exhausted today, so we decided to come out and see what was going on."

Best Buy is open until 1 a.m. and will reopen at 8 a.m.

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