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Stories Added - December 23, 2007 - January 1, 2008
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Houston family donates toys to 251 needy children for Christmas to a local business.
Houston County Courier - December/January 2007
By Jennifer Robinson

On Wednesday, Dec, 19, a family from Houston, who asked to remain anonymous, donated toys that will be given to 251 local children for Christmas. The toys will be distributed through the Empty Stocking Program with assistance from an employee of a local business.
A member of the donor family grew up poor and seldom got anything for Christmas. Each year the boy would go back to school after the Christmas holiday and the teacher would have everyone stand and tell what Santa brought. The boy felt ashamed and made up the things he and his family had received.
Over the years, he began to see that his feelings toward Christmas were interfering with his wife's love for the holiday.
In 1997, he told her, "This year, instead of giving each other gifts, let's buy some toys and give them to poor children. Maybe we can stop some kids from growing up to hate Christmas like I did."  
Instead of taking the toy to charity he said, "We'll load the toys in the car and start driving and let God tell us where to take them. Each year He always led us to where He wants us to go."
The family planned to go to a toy store in Houston, but instead ended up at a location in The Woodlands. While leaving the store, the wife bumped into a local business employee of Crockett.  
Wednesday afternoon the family answered prayers with a visit to Crockett.












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