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Friends donate toys to needy children at annual Christmas party

A group of friends gathered at The EO Club II in Gulfport on Tuesday for their annual Christmas party. (Photo source: WLOX) A group of friends gathered at The EO Club II in Gulfport on Tuesday for their annual Christmas party. (Photo source: WLOX)
Instead of buying gifts for each other, the group bought toys. (Photo source: WLOX) Instead of buying gifts for each other, the group bought toys. (Photo source: WLOX)
Cricket Lewis says the group collected more than 100 toys. (Photo source:WLOX) Cricket Lewis says the group collected more than 100 toys. (Photo source:WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A group of friends gathered at The EO Club II in Gulfport on Tuesday for their annual Christmas party.

Instead of buying gifts for each other, they bought toys. Not for their families, but for needy children they don't even know.

According to Cricket Lewis, she and her friends have been holding this Christmas party for eight years.

"We absolutely have a great time doing it. We have had a great toy donation drive this year. And it's amazing how just one person or one small party can make such a huge difference in our community," said Lewis.

Lewis says the group collected more than 100 toys that include bikes, dolls, action figures, nerf guns and much more.

All the toys will be donated to the Salvation Army in Gulfport.

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