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.

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Janice Christian says she sometimes went without toys as a child, and now wants to make sure other children have something under their tree at Christmas time. (CBC)

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.