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Nashville Woman Generously Gives Back To Community

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By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A long line of people waited early in the day Christmas Eve for a chance to take part in the generosity of a Nashville woman who wanted to make the holidays happier for 200 families.

Kimberly Williams, and her family members, came out to the CWA Plaza Apartments on Shelby Avenue Tuesday morning with a truck load of toys and clothing.

For the sixth year Williams set up tables in the parking lot and filled them with gifts for the children in the community.

It takes months of shopping and preparation to get ready for this new holiday tradition.

"Oh it's a lot of work, but we love doing it. We get excitement out of it. It's exciting," Williams said. "Sales, deals, whatever we find. We just think about what a child would want and we just try to get it. That's what we try to do."

Family members braved to cold to set out all of the toys Williams has collected over the last year.

"Last night we prepared by separating all stuff for the babies, the girls, the boys. Coats, shoes, whatever we have,' said Williams' daughter, Jakimberly Harris.

Each parent is allowed to choose four different gifts per family. Williams handed out 200 shopping tickets this year.

The tables were filled with 1,100 gifts that were up for the taking, for children of all ages. But what separates this event from others, Williams paid for each of those gifts out of her own pocket.

"Well it's not really about the money, but it's like $12-$13,000 a year," Williams explained. "I love the holidays. I just like to see people happy. That's what I do."

Williams started the gift give way so she could pay forward the generosity others showed her when times were tough for her family.

"Because somebody helped us when we was little, and I always told I want to do the same thing for somebody. But I never knew it was going to be like this, but it's able to be like. But yeah, somebody helped us," according to Williams.

Her generosity has helped people like Clara Williams who waited in line Tuesday to pick out gifts for her son.

"It's a blessing. I just thank God for Miss Kim, and everybody who has helped her with this. It's a blessing just to get this for my son," Childress said with tears in her eyes. "It hasn't been Christmas at our house, and so it's going to be Christmas now."

Williams also provided recipients with hot chocolate, honey buns and chicken while they waited in line.

Williams own PJ's Homecare Daycare in South Nashville. She also provided a meal and gifts to the children who attend her daycare on Monday night.


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