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'Christmas 4 Kids' Shopping Spree In Hendersonville

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by Chris Cannon

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. - A long line of country music tour buses stretched through Hendersonville Tuesday night, each taking children on a Christmas shopping spree.

Since 1982, the Christmas 4 Kids organization has provided less fortunate children in Sumner County with an opportunity to go shopping the week before Christmas.

Nearly 70 large tour buses carried 400 children and their chaperones to the Hendersonville Walmart. The children were greeted with a huge crowd and welcomed by characters in costumes, along with Walmart employees.

Inside the store the young shoppers made their way through the store with the lists in had. 10-year-old Dramya Watt knew it was a special night.

"I think I got lucky," Watt said.

The young girl made her way around the store with Sammie Baker. The chaperone has done this before, and her family has a long history with Christmas 4 Kids.

"My dad used to drive buses, and this was so near and dear to his heart, and he passed away, so my sister and I just want to do it every year. It's just such a great feeling to do it," Baker explained.

Each child is given $150 to spend during their shopping sprees. Some children decided not to spend all the money on themselves.

"Because if I do, I won't have no more money for my parents, to buy nothing," said 10-year-old LaShay Nelson.

Not only do the children receive money to spend at Walmart, at the end of the night they are each given a brand-new winter coat.

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