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Robeson County holds toy drive for families still displaced after Matthew

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LUMBERTON, SC (WMBF) - Robeson County is coming together to spread holiday cheer to those still affected by Hurricane Matthew.

The emergency management office in Robeson County was filled with families Wednesday night who lost everything after Hurricane Matthew, all of them still living out of hotels. Organizers say the point of the event was to spread some holiday cheer to those who need it now more than ever.

"We're just trying to give some positive impact for our community and show a Christmas to our kids here," said Robeson County Information Officer Emily Jones. "We want to keep their lives as normal as possible, the same way it was before the storm."

Ryan Kender sang to a full house still feeling the devastation from two months ago. A musician out of Nashville, Kender says he felt compelled to come here after witnessing a tornado as a kid.

"Families that just had nothing. There was just nothing but just the foundation of their house. It killed me to see kids with no toys, no nothing. After that, every show we've played, I've asked for a toy." said Kender.

After collecting over 200 toys, Kender decided to give them away Wednesday night.

"That's one reason we wanted to do this event, to showcase his love for the community." said Jones.

Emily Jones says Robeson County is keeping close tabs on those who are still displaced, and is holding toy drives throughout the area.

"We have started a long term recovery committee and with that committee, we were able to work with the city of Lumberton and also the county to find out what families needed what, and with this we knew that children wanted toys."

With over 300 hundred families still without a home in Robeson County, Jones says holiday traditions are more important than ever.

"We're just trying to give some positive impact for our community and show a Christmas to our kids here."

Jones says other toy drives will be happening in other communities throughout the county, and they will also be holding a coat drive for those families in need of winter clothing.

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