• LIFT gets donation after Christmas gifts stolen

    By: Dave Huddleston


    ATLANTA - The community is rallying to help an organization that gives away toys during the holidays after thieves raided their supply.

    The LIFT Community Development Corporation has received close to $4,000 in donations from local businesses.

    Tuesday afternoon the Atlanta Air Cargo Association gave the organization a check for $1,800.

    "This is helping us replenish all the toys that were stolen. This gives us hope because this community really loves its community," LIFT CEO Barbara McKee said,

    "When we saw the story on WSB on thieves that stole $10,000 worth of toys and electronics, we knew we had to do something to help an organization that helps others in our area," said AACA president Warren Jones.

    A check was presented to McKee during the organization's holiday luncheon. McKee said they have received other donations, but they are a long way from replacing the toys they've collected all year long.

    She said they know how to make a little go a long way.

    "As a charitable organization we know how to stretch those dollars so we'll patronize Walmart, the Dollar Store, to purchase items for the families," McKee said.

    She said they will still give out toys right before Christmas and haven't told even one family they won't have presents available.

    "We might not be able to give three items like in the past, but each family will get their items," McKee said.

    Fulton County police investigators said they don't have any leads on how the suspects broke into the storage locker and stole the items, but hope surveillance video may be able to help.

    If you would like to make a donation to the LIFT Community Development Corporation, give them a call at 770-997-6363.

    Their address is 5134 Old National Highway Suite C College Park or you can go to their website for more information.

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