:Eight-year-old Alisha Kittrell got a special tour of the Toys for Tots warehouse in Norcross thanks to her special donation to the organization. Here, she holds one of the toys that will delight a child this Christmas. Also pictured is Toys for Tots Director A.T. Wilson. - Special Photo
COVINGTON -- When the folks at the Atlanta headquarters for Toys for Tots received a $20 donation from 8-year-old Alisha Kittrell last year, they were touched.
Alisha, a student at Flint Hill Elementary School and Oxford resident, saved up her allowance money to make the donation in honor of her older brother, Matthew, a Marine formerly stationed in Afghanistan.
Alisha got back a thank-you card from Toys for Tots, along with an invitation to be the organization's special guest this holiday season. Last weekend, Alisha got to go on a toy buy with a Toys for Tots representative at Walmart and tour the warehouse in Norcross.
"We typically don't get $20 from a child, so we were just trying to show her positive feedback," said Cherrie Carney, media coordinator for the Atlanta Toys for Tots program.
Alisha got to pick out toys for boys and girls in different age groups. Though she was allowed to spend up to $30 per toy, she purchased 10 toys for just $199.
"She came back and she told them, 'I got all these toys. I did not spend all your money,'" her mom, Fran Kittrell, said.
Alisha then got to help sort toys at the warehouse and even got a special Toys for Tots pin from director A.T. Wilson. Alisha also dropped off her donation this year -- $23.81.
Alisha said she got involved "because you get to help the other kids that don't have money," and she plans to continue to donate to the organization.
"I am just really thrilled just to watch her have so much fun doing it and really get involved in it ... watching her and seeing her smile and knowing she was doing it for someone else," her mother said.
Anyone who wants to join Alisha in helping with the Toys for Tots campaign can drop off new, unwrapped toys at any Publix in Georgia until Saturday. For a list of other drop off locations or to donate money online, visit www.northatlantatoysfortots.org. Monetary donations can also be made to North Atlanta Toys for Tots; 2700 Ivy mill Drive; Buford, GA 30519.