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Christmas toy giveaway will honor slain student Amiya Moses

Posted at 8:11 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 08:11:13-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Hundreds of toys will be handed out this weekend for children in need this Christmas, and it's all in loving memory of Amiya Moses.

Moses was 12 years old when she was fatally shot outside a Richmond apartment in 2015.

In honor of what would've been her 17th birthday, a group called the Village Against Violence held a toy drive in early December.

The organization, run by Moses' mother and friends, has partnered with Angel Tree in 2020.

On Sunday, the Village Against Violence plans to hand out the toys collected from that drive, at the Hobson Lodge on Prince Hall Drive.

Shavon Ragsdale said they have collected more than 3,000 toys this year.

"It turned out amazing," said Ragsdale. "I didn't think it would turn out the way it is turned out due to COVID. But the city and the community, they really showed out. So we have a bunch of toys to give to the children on the Angel Tree and then we also have enough to help other children that are in need within our community."

Ragsdale said many of the toys would be going to children with Angel Tree -- those families had already been notified. But she said they still had about 150 extra toys to give away Sunday.

Families not on the Angel Tree can show up to the Hobson Lodge at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The Village Against Violence asked for a small donation of $1 to $5, depending on the toy. But they said families would not be turned away while supplies last.