Hundreds of area families received gifts of clothes, financial assistance, and — probably best of all for many attendees — toys Saturday at the corner of Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney Ave (19th Ave) and E Madison.
“Close to 1,000 people — families and children — come, they get free toys, they get a free Christmas stocking, stuffed animals, lunch, and a lot of fun and fellowship,” said Leslyn Jones-Petitt, coordinator of the Christmas Day of Caring event at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
In the eighth year of the event, some 150 volunteers worked to collect enough toys and clothes to fill four rooms, each set up for different age ranges of children. The little ones listened to carols as they waited as patiently as possible for their family’s turn in the numbered queue to come up.
Toy donations and financial donations came from the congregation, the American Baptist Churches, and individual donors. Organizers said this year’s crowd was slightly smaller than the 1,200 or so the church welcomed in 2013.
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