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Early Education and Care Distributes Donated Toys

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For years, through different toy drives the community has come together to make sure many children have gifts to open for the holidays.

This year is no different.

"You look for that smile on your child's face in the morning and that's priceless," said Jessica Edwards, mother of four.

Early Education and Care, set up shop to let about 400 families pick out something special to put under the tree.

"We are endeavoring to make sure that at least every child gets at least one toy," said Dr. Pam Fleege, Executive Director.

"We are doing this as a way to supplement their holidays, if things are stretched," said Kelli Mellerski, Family Services Coordinator. "We try to do our best to help them out, because times are tough right now. Every child in head start has a family advocate. And all the advocates are here today to help the family shop and determine what's developmentally appropriate for the child."

The toys come from a generous community.

 "Through the Toys for Tots program, our Hope for the Holidays and all of the toys that have been given to Mike Jones, aka Salvage Santa, all of that has been put together to serve our children and families that are in Head Start," said Fleege.

The toys went fast and the families are grateful.

"I got to pick out something for my baby boy and I think he's going to like it," said Edwards. "It's awesome.. Just to see their face light up and to know that if you don't have the extra funds.. you have the extra support."

"There just wasn't going to be anything under the tree and even if their child was only going to have one toy that was enough, they were so excited for just one thing," Fleege.

The staff was very thankful for the donations that made this possible and they say if there is anything left over after all of the families have had their pick, they will donate it back in to the community to other toy drives.