A Lower Sackville woman is continuing her tradition of helping needy children at Christmas by raising more than $7,000 worth of collected toys.
Janice Christian, 32, said she went without as a child, and now wants to make sure other children have something under their tree from Santa.
It all started seven years ago when she heard a radio advertisement for a toy drive
“Took my last $5,” she said.
She went to a dollar store and bought what she could.
That modest start pales in comparison to the more than $7,000 worth of gifts she has collected this year.
“I was one of those kids that needed assistance at Christmas and I thought to myself, now that I'm older and I'm working I can finally help out the kids that need it and hopefully bring some cheer and joy to them,” she said.
On Friday, all of the bags of toys will be delivered to a Lower Sackville car dealership. She's the largest contributor to their toy drive
“I think she’s a phenomenal person for doing that and I think she's reaching so many homes by doing this, too,” said Shawn Kent at Cars R Us.
Christian gets help from her neighbours and her family, as well as her co-workers who are promising to keep up the effort in the coming years.
“What she's doing here is she's giving kids a chance and she’s giving them a smile and I love a kid with a smile,” said her Michaels Store co-worker Katelyn Hickey.
Christian said she takes a short break once the gifts are dropped off, but then she starts thinking about next year's gifts on Boxing Day.