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But Bit­taye de­cided she would keep work­ing and prayed that some­thing would work out. Some­thing did. Last minute do­na­tions poured in, and now Bit­taye, and her 15 vol­un­teers, were able to give toys to all the fam­i­lies who had reg­is­tered and even had ex­tra for some who had not. The do­na­tions in­cluded pa­ja­mas, board games, foot­balls, dolls and ac­tion fig­ures.

“I was still re­ceiv­ing calls after we cut off our reg­is­tra­tion just after Thanks­giv­ing, and what I told a lot of those peo­ple was as long as we had some­thing, we would con­tinue to serve them. I couldn’t guar­an­tee any­thing, but if they came to the build­ing to­day, I would place them on a wait­ing list and fill those or­ders on a first-come, first-served ba­sis,” said Bit­taye.

“The event was open to the New­ton County com­mu­nity. The pri­or­ity was start­ing here be­cause this is where I run my pro­gram, but we also fo­cused on the home­less shel­ter as another area that we were de­ter­mined to serve.”


vol­un­teers from Ox­ford Col­lege, New Birth Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church in Litho­nia and The Church in the Now in Cony­ers helped with the do­na­tions, Bit­taye said her largest sup­port came from res­i­dents who live in the hous­ing author­ity.

“They have been com­mit­ted and con­sis­tent for at least one week help­ing me to count the toys, bag them up, to do ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing. They even did the dec­o­ra­tions yes­ter­day,” said Bit­taye.

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