Drive collects over 3,000 toys for kids: 'Our heart is to give'

Posted at 12:35 AM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 00:39:52-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The rain and cold didn't stop the holiday cheer for families in Richmond when the Village Against Violence Foundation held their second toy drive Sunday.

"We are doing this in honor of Amiya Moses' birthday," Village Against Violence Foundation CEO Shavon Ragsdale said. "She just recently turned 17. So this year we partnered with the Angel Tree to bless over 375 kids locally."

Ragsdale is a close family friend of Amiya Moses. She was fatally shot and killed in 2015.

Ragsdale says she knows Amiya would be happy to see so many receiving gifts during this time.

"I know she's smiling because whatever we do, we know she's around."

With over 3,000 toys were collected this year, other families in need were able to take part in the Christmas cheer.

Jewel Morton has three grandkids and says what the Village Against Violence Foundation is doing for the community is really making a difference.

"It feels wonderful," said Morton. "Because some of us don't have jobs, stretching paycheck to paycheck, if even they have a paycheck. And you know for somebody to do this for you, is great."

"They didn't think that they we're going to be able to bring joy to their kids this Christmas. So we're just trying to do the best that we can. Our heart is to give so that is just what we'll continue to do from now, moving forward," said Ragsdale.

Click here for more on how you can volunteer or make a donation to the Village Against Violence Foundation.