By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
December 20, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Christmas came early for some children in Tallahassee.
The Mayor's Office, along with Darryl Jones and other community partners, hosted its annual Christmas gift distribution on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"The best thing about doing this is showing the essence of the holiday season which is to give back and make sure that everyone in our community, regardless of where they live, where they come from, what their parents do for a profession, enjoy a really good Christmas," said Mayor Andrew Gillum.
The gifts are all donated from members of the community through the Mayor's annual toy drive and included bikes, teddy bears, basketballs and more. Each child was given one gift and the bikes were raffled off.
A distribution was held at the Joe Louis Apartments on Tuesday and the Oliver Hill Community Center on Wednesday.
"They're giving and they're sharing. Because that's what Christmas is all about. It's when Jesus was born," said 10-year-old Zykera Washington, who received a new hair straightener.
Her sister received an easy bake oven. Others were excited to open a doll, a car set and a drawing kit.
Although each gift brought a smile to a child's face, some residents said the event was about more than just the presents.
"It's great fellowshiping with your neighbor. The one you may not have known, but you got to know today, "said Shawna Thompson.