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Growth Continues At Marion County 'Christmas Toy Shop'

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Members of the Marion County community have dedicated countless hours of their time over the past five years to make sure every child has a Merry Christmas.

Oundria Smith said she is extremely grateful for the generosity.

"A lot of people can't afford to go out and shop. It makes it nice for people who can't afford it. The holiday spirit, that is us all the way. We love Christmas, we love all the holidays, especially my kids," Smith said.

Footballs, baseball bats, soccer balls, and basketballs are just a few of many things a little boy dreams of waking up to on Christmas morning. For Smith's kids, it's no different and the Marion County 'Christmas Toy Shop' is making it happen.

"I got twins that are 10. Then I got a baby who is three. It makes it nice. This helps out with us extra every year. It's really nice," she said.

The Black Friday event allows low-income families to shop for free toys for their children 14 and under.

It's an event organizers said Marion County residents really step up for.

"They have come out with financial donations, material donations, businesses, churches, political groups, different municipalities. It's been outstanding, the generosity," said Holley Faulkner, Baptist Temple.

The money raised this year has surpassed every year before.

"We set a goal for $17,500 and blew it away. Probably close to $20,000 I would guess," Faulkner said.

Volunteers said giving back to the community is what the holiday season is all about and seeing the smiles on the faces of the shoppers makes all of the time invested, worth it.

"The people in need is so great at this time of year. It just keeps growing and growing and they really need help. To see a child to be able to have a Christmas is very satisfying," said Mark Dorsey, Volunteer.

With the holidays, comes the want to "pay it forward". This is something Oundria Smith firmly believes in.

"We'll go give to the mission or we'll help and give as much as we can," she said. "especially with the can foods. We take can foods up to the college all the time because I'm a college student. This makes you want to help too."

If you missed out on the 'Christmas Toy Shop' Friday, you have another chance.

It will reopen at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, at the Marion County Election Center.