PLAINS, GA (WALB) - President Jimmy Carter celebrated Christmas at the Boys and Girls Club in Plains on Saturday. The former President said that it was a particularly special holiday for him.
President Jimmy Carter did not know if he was going to make it to the annual Christmas party this year, after being diagnosed with cancer.
"In August I didn't think that I was going to see this Christmas, but I had good treatment at Emory University and a lot of people who prayed for my recovery," said President Carter.
The former President wasn't the only one unsettled about this year. Leaders at the Jimmy and Roaslynn Carter Boys and Girls Club didn't know if anyone would make a donation to buy gifts for kids in the community.
Nonetheless, they were determined to make it happen.
"It would have happened this year if we had to go in our pockets and pay for it," said Shirley Reese.
Each toy will go to a child like Tobias Smith who is excited for more than just a present. He's excited to meet President Carter.
"He's one of the best Presidents that ever lived. He's been living for a long time and stuff like that," said Smith.
Even President Cater admits that the club has its struggles when it comes to finances, but so much is still being accomplished.
"I am very proud of what we accomplished here," said President Carter. "We struggle for money like everybody else, but we keep it going."
Leaders at the event hope the former President will keep it going as well.
"Carter is just one of our biggest supporters and we plan to keep him around a long time," said Shirley Reese.
The club was able to receive a large amount of toys this year due to a generous donation by one of the founders.