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"Toys For Berrien Kids" program raises $5K

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Bags of toys collected at Nashville City Hall. Each child will get one bag of toys. Bags of toys collected at Nashville City Hall. Each child will get one bag of toys.
Decorations on the front of the toy donation box inside Nashville City Hall. Decorations on the front of the toy donation box inside Nashville City Hall.
Nashville City Hall Nashville City Hall
NASHVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Over 600 less fortunate kids in Berrien County will be receiving presents this Christmas, thanks to the efforts of a Nashville resident.

Tresa McCluskey is the coordinator for the "Toys For Berrien Kids" program. She began helping with the program five years ago when it was still called the "Toys For Tots" program.

"I started helpin' with it five years ago," McCluskey said. "This year, we just changed the name up to 'Toys For Berrien Kids' so we could service the entire county, not just city kids."

McCluskey said a lot of the kids who will be receiving the toys would otherwise get very little, if anything at all, for Christmas and she wants to change that.

"Most of these kids, they never get anything for Christmas. Maybe a toy here and a toy there, so we're here to make sure that every child [whose parents] fill out an application will have a great Christmas," McCluskey explained.

To receive the toys, parents filled out an application at area businesses and then those applications were screened by members of the "Toys For Berrien Kids" program.

Each child will be receiving a set of clothes, three toys and a few stocking stuffers plus whatever other gifts were donated. 

McCluskey said she is elated to see how much this program has grown over the last five years.

"It makes me happy. We've never had somethin' this big of a turnout  and to see this much support from our communities, it just makes me happy," McCluskey admitted.

If you would like to donate, McCluskey said the thing they need the most is dolls. You can donate toys at most local businesses in Nashville, Ray City, Alapaha and Enigma.

The toys will be picked up by the kids' parents this Saturday.

 

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