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Donations making Christmas possible for needy following fire

By Laura Ann Sills - bioemail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Clothes, shoes and toys have been pouring in to the House of Mercy in Columbus after a fire destroyed their donation shed last Thursday.

Elder Bobby Harris said, "I know we had the fire. We had to replace some things. It is heart breaking, but we do not want to let our children's hearts be broken."  Every year, the House of Mercy plays Santa for 500 lucky local children. After the fire that devastated their donation shed, the Christmas toy giveaway might have been in jeopardy. But, Elder Harris told News Leader 9 the community has come to the rescue.

Residents from the House of Mercy said, "It is God's blessing, it really is. People have been coming in constantly and there is only one person that could do that and that would be God."

Michelle Dercole brought in a car load of, "toys, clothes, baby items, dishes, shoes, and games." 

She said the decision between having a yard sale or donating was easy.  "It does not cost anything to bring your things and donate them to families in trouble or having financial problems," explained Dercole.

A truck donated by Livingston, full of shoes donated from TSYS also showed up on Monday to the mission house. 

You can drop donations at the House of Mercy on 3rd Avenue in Columbus during business hours.  They accept food, clothing, shoes, furniture, and toys.  Toys can be new or gently used. And, kids who bring a new toy to Brother's General on Broadway in Columbus will receive a free scoop of ice cream. 

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