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Brandon Tester , December 18, 2017

  “They even came in buses from the places they were staying temporarily,” Jones said.  The circumstances were different this year, and that helped make the drive successful, Hardin said.  “I think it was greater than it was last year,” Hardin said. “People were no longer in hotels or living with other folks.”  The drive, which took place at 1601 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, is in its fourth year. Volunteers came from around the region.  “The Department of Social Services is here volunteering, Robeson Community College has volunteers here, church volunteers,” Hardin said. “We had just over 2,000 toys, and they’re just about all gone, so we’ve seen just about that many kids come through here.”  Hardin wants the Give-A-Way’s structure to continue to improve in years to come. An earlier start time and an extended outreach to toy companies are on the agenda for future toy drives.  “We need to build off what we did this year,” Hardin said. “The community has got to be tapped (of resources). It takes a community to make a difference.  “I really want to thank everyone who has helped.”  Arrested Potential is an organization that provides opportunities for students who struggle with reading and math to improve on those skills through tutoring and computer activities.

Reach Brandon Tester at 910-416-5165 or on Twitter @Tester_Brandon.

Reprint from The Robesonian