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Greene Alliance Toy Pickup Helps Families Prepare for Holiday Season

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The Greene County community is coming together to make sure every child can have a special Christmas morning.

Wednesday was Greene Alliance's seventh annual Christmas Gift Program. The Stanardsville American Legion was packed with toys. The project has been in the works since July and Wednesday was the day families finally got to pick up their gifts.

Community members chipped in to give families in need gifts for the holidays.  More than 1,000 toys were stuffed inside the American Legion on Wednesday.  It was a day of excitement and tears for families picking up their holiday gifts.

The event coordinator says one woman wouldn't have been able to provide any toys for her children this holiday without the help.

"She had lost all her children and through court she got every one of them back but they didn't come with any toys, any clothes or anything," said event coordinator Kristine Eppard.

Nearly 500 children living in Greene County will have presents under their tree on Christmas morning because of the event.

"These people take so much time out of their personal life to help us in Greene County who can't afford extras like Christmas," said Whitney Grant, who has personally benefited from the program. 

Families not only received gifts to put under the tree, but also received food to fill up their pantries.

"They're able to stop on the stage for the free stuff and shop for food and they take that with them when they take their packages," said Eppard.

Bicycles, wagons, kitchen sets and Barbie dolls were the most asked-for gifts this year.

Ten churches, 12 organizations and more than 25 people living in Greene made the Christmas Gift Program a success. Almost 200 families in Greene benefited from the toy pickup. The event coordinator says they received more gifts this year than ever before.

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