Boys Town Collects Gifts to Give 'Hope' to At-Risk Youth

Some special community members are giving at-risk children in North Florida hope this holiday season.

Community sponsors have donated bountiful gifts to Boys Town in Tallahassee.

Boys Town cares for foster children and work with families in crisis to try to keep them together.

More than 175 kids will get presents thanks to the "Hope for the Holidays" program.

Dena Strickland, Boys Town Development Director, says, "It's scary to know that maybe you won't get anything during the holidays. Here, you will. That confidence and happiness that morning just like all the other children, is a wonderful feeling."

Tina McElhenny donated a lot of items. She is also one of the volunteers who helped shop for other items.

She says, "I love to shop. To know that I can go shopping for some kids that could use some gifts; just to know that I'm helping these children, they have no clue. To just be able to fulfill this dream of something for Christmas. That's a great feeling to do."

Volunteers went shopping Wednesday to fulfill all remaining items on the kids' wish lists.

This is the 7th year Boys Town has done the "Hope for the Holidays."

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