By: Alex Crescenti | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 25, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- The Handle Me With Care Dolls Foundation delivers the toys in the hope of bringing awareness to abuse during the holiday season.
The group has been giving the dolls away for four years, with the goal of opening people's eyes to abuse, and bringing healing to victims.
Organizers also want to let children know that they are special and that they are not meant to be abused.
"Christmas is not a Christmas if you cant do something do give back love in a way to heal somebody that's broken," said Sandra Collins. "That's what my assignment is, to give back healing to the community and to those who've been broken and to protect a child from abuse."
The dolls were donated by businesses in the community, including Walmart and LongHorn Steakhouse, who are both sponsors of the event.
The foundation says it has given out between 50 to 75 dolls this year.
The leftover dolls from Handle Me With Care were donated to the group Rebel Ubuntu. The student run organization stands for a South African proverb that translates to humanism.
Rebel Ubuntu set up a Christmas dinner and gave away toys and clothes to people at the Springfield Community Center. Organizers said they wanted to go right to the communities where help is needed.
"What we have to do as people, is we have to stop taking," said Cameron Montgomery. "We have to stop taking people's time, taking their attention, taking opportunities from people. We have to give and so Christmas is about giving, it's about love and all we want to do is love people."
The group says they served about 80 people on Monday. This is the second year they have hosted the event. Last year, they had a Christmas celebration on Texas Street.