News 12 at 6 o' clock / Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The forecast doesn't point to snow on Christmas morning, but on Saturday we did see a white Christmas. And so did 1,000 other families.
Augusta Action Ministries held its annual event, White Christmas, Saturday morning on the corner of 3rd and Hale streets in downtown Augusta.
Families took home presents for their children to open on Christmas Day. This was the biggest White Christmas yet -- more than 4,000 toys, all for our area's families.
"I just thought it was about the children having the toys, but what I've realized is, is it's about the children realizing that a community can lift them up, I think five or 10 years from now, the children won't have that toy anymore, but they'll remember that they were looked after for Christmas and that it was their family and their community that did that," said Rick Herring, executive director of Action Ministries in Augusta.
Along with those families, more than 100 volunteers were on hand helping out. So, come Christmas morning, almost 2,000 kids will be able to get that shiny new bike, or that pretty new baby doll.
Herring said none of this could have been possible without the time and energy of everyone who helped and donated. If you would like more information, you can contact Augusta Action Ministries at (706) 722-8195.