Christmas comes early for struggling Dallas families

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by SHON GABLES

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WFAA

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 9:09 PM

DALLAS — For four hours Saturday, on the lawn of Mount Zion Temple Church in Pleasant Grove, it was an early start to Christmas.

Omari Ector, 11, wants a new pair of Jordans. Another child wants a new phone.

Since 1989, Bernita Scott's non-profit Shoes 4 My Children has given away shoes, toys, baby essentials and food to single mothers like Lashunda Anderson. Scott said it makes her feel good to help.

"My heart just goes out to struggling moms," she said.

Lashunda Anderson could not be more grateful. "Oh, its been rough, its really been rough," she said. "We just been trying to scrape up little things to try and have for the kids."

And Anderson is not alone. Dozens of families stood patiently in the cold while onlookers gawked. Sharon Jeter would have preferred to shop in a store, but she's financially strapped.

"I'm not embarrassed by anything like this," she said. "You know it ain't for me... it's for my kids."

They are grateful for the gifts and the knowledge that someone, this Christmas, truly cares about them.

"Thank you!" said 10-year-old Coby Vandergriff. "Have an holly, jolly Christmas!"

Bernita Scott helped nearly 800 people on Saturday. Another event is planned for Mansfield before the end of the year.

E-mail sgables@wfaa.com

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