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Newlyweds collect, distribute toys for Christmas

By Carolina Astrain
Dec. 10, 2013 at 6:10 a.m.
Updated Dec. 11, 2013 at 6:11 a.m.

Lynn Leita, 46, sits with her grandson Kyle Blake Graf, 6 months, and her son-in-law, Dale Graf, 23, as they wrap toy donations Sunday for needy families.

Brittney McCartney knows what it's like to have no presents on Christmas morning.

"Last year was my first year without presents," McCartney, 23, said. "As newlyweds, my husband and I had bills and payments to take care of."

To ensure other families on tight budgets have enough presents for their children's Christmas morning, she decided to start a toy drive, McCartney said.

Last week, McCartney made a social media post asking for new and used toy donations.

As of Monday, McCartney had more than 500 toys in her living room and has given out presents to more than 250 children.

Since Thursday, McCartney estimates having made 20 to 30 trips to different homes in the area collecting donations.

"It's just a good way to give back," she said. "I've got gifts for everybody."

Alexandrea Joslin, 22, of Victoria, received toy donations from the McCartneys for her two children Saturday.

Joslin learned about the toy donation drive through Facebook.

"I was actually very surprised but also very grateful," said Joslin, who recently became unemployed. "We exchanged numbers, and within an hour or two, they came to my house and gave me a gift basket with a blanket and pillow."



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