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Give-A-Way finds kids for 2,200 toys
​​Reprint from The Robesonian
December 19, 2017
 Brandon Tester , December 18, 2017

LUMBERTON — Christmas came nine days early for hundreds of children affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Arrested Potential Inc., and Sandy Grove Baptist Church partnered to play host Saturday to the annual Christmas Toy Give-A-Way, during which about 2,200 toys were given to local children.  Donations came from many organizations in Robeson County, and organizers reached out to new donors for this year’s event.  “We got a lot of donations from toy manufacturers,” said Gene Jones, Arrested Potential executive director.  Mattel Children’s Foundation, Crayola, Mega Bloks and Goldieblox were among the toy companies that contributed to the drive. “The kids got good quality toys,” said Harriette Hardin, Arrested Potential grant writer.  The amount of donations exceeded organizers’ expectations.  “Our goal was 1,000 toys,” Hardin said.
The Give-A-Way was intended to help families still recovering from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  “Those are the people we are trying to reach,” Hardin said. “Once the newspapers and TV reporters are gone, you’re on your own.”  The Give-A-Way was held in the church. Rows of tables were covered with toys for families to look at and ponder at their leisure.  Organizers took a different approach with this year’s Give-A-Way.  “We used to have it on the back of a trailer and go through the community,” Hardin said. “After the flood, we had Santa Sam last year from Chicago. We decided that this year we would do it again so people could see the difference from one year to the next. Last year, everyone was outside in the cold. This entire building was gutted. It was freezing cold in here and we were still giving out toys.” Attendees struggled to find ways to make it to the church in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  (more) 
Jaison McCallum looks at some toys near the end of the Christmas Toy Give-A-Way organized by Arrested Potential, Inc. and Sandy Grove Baptist Church on Saturday.

Gene Jones
Chief Executive Officer
Harriette Hardin
Grant Writer