Charity scrambles for toys to meet Christmas need

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ATLANTA —


Hundreds of children may miss out on Christmas help because an Atlanta charity does not have enough toys to go around this year.

Channel 2’s Linda Stouffer went to Hosea Feed the Hungry in southwest Atlanta on Tuesday, where some donation boxes stood empty. Volunteers were sorting through and bagging up donations for a Christmas party set for Thursday.

The organization signed up 1,200 children to receive donations, but after three days of registration, they had to turn away hundreds of families. Hosea’s president isn’t giving up and hopes residents will be motivated to give, especially in light of the Connecticut school shooting.

“We're going to make sure they're taken care of, and that's going to be the way we dedicate ourselves to the martyrs at Sandy Hook. That's going to be the way we make our statement is to say, ‘Every child will have a smile on their face this Christmas,’” Hosea President Elisabeth Omilami told Stouffer.

Click here to donate, or bring a toy to the charity’s warehouse on Donnelly Avenue in southwest Atlanta. The group is particularly in need of gifts for middle-schoolers and teens, such as gift cards.