Volunteer asked for Toys for Tots gifts instead of gifts for her - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Volunteer asked for Toys for Tots gifts instead of gifts for her birthday

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Once again the community generously donated thousands of toys to make the City of Jackson's annual "Toys for Tots" distribution a success.

Toys, toys and more toys were distributed to more than 630 Jackson families in an effort to make this Christmas a bit brighter.

After waiting in a line that formed outside of the Jackson Convention Complex parents walked into a makeshift toy store that'll provide Christmas gifts for more 1,400 children.

 "I thank God for the people that have a big heart to do something for the kids because there's so many kids out there that need help," said mom Patricia Lewis who picked up gifts for her girls.

"Toys for Tots" help is fueled by the Marine Corp League and a large league of volunteers.

"Everybody that came out and participated in it we thank you so much because it's so important this effort serves so many people across the city and nation," said City of Jackson Public Information Officer.

From bikes to board games and everything in between the 5,000 Jackson gifts were all donated by the public. Natalie Cole walked away with several bags, but she doesn't have children of her own.

For Cole's birthday, which was Friday, she decided to do something a bit different.

"In lieu of birthday gifts I usually have a big dinner we spend a lot of money so this year I just wanted everybody to help me do a project to give back this year," said Cole.

Instead of receiving gifts Cole asked friends to donate to "Toys for Tots," for children in shelters.

"A lot of us know kind of what it's like to grow up and not have a great Christmas and wonder if you're going to have something under the tree, so it feels good to know that when kids wake up on Christmas morning they'll at least have something there," said Cole.

The Marine Corp League will distribute gifts that weren't picked up Saturday to other "Toys for Tots" locations across the country.


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