Mama Tina's Mission House Helps Fill Wish Lists

It was a merry Christmas-eve for hundreds of Wiregrass children today.

It was the gift exchange for kids on the angel tree at Mama Tina's Mission House in Dothan.

Many know her simply as Mama Tina, but today she was one of Santa's biggest helpers.

"Every child will leave here with something," she says.

In its 10th year, volunteers helped fill over 300 kid’s wish lists at the Mission's Christmas cookout.

Tyniah Ardis remarks on how the gifts made her feel, “I felt real happy.”

“It's just nice that everyone can come together to help people out like me who can't provide Christmas for my grandkids,” says William McCormick.

Organizers say it's not just about what you get; it's about what you can give this time of year.

“It's awesome. It lets me know that Jesus is alive and we thank God for his birth and he gave us something to appreciate, the gift of giving,” says Mama Tina.

“It was just precious to see their faces light up when they got the gifts. That’s what Christmas is all about. It’s about giving and it's a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus,” says donor, Susan Smith.

And Steve Stokes from the Southeast Cancer Center remarked, ”A lot of families that are broken and you want to help the kids to have a good Christmas and know what the meaning of Christmas is, which is giving to others and the birth of Christ and we're trying to share that with them.”

Instead of giving employees Christmas gifts this year, the staff of Southeast Cancer Center in Dothan provided lunch during the cookout.

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