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Santa Brings Gifts To White Plains Kids On Christmas Eve

White Plains children check out the presents before they were handed out by Batty's Kids on Christmas Eve. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
This girl also was looking forward to unwrapping a present. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Families enjoyed a holiday meal at Thomas Slater Center. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- More than 300 children received presents and a meal with their families Christmas Eve at the Thomas Slater Center.

Batty's Kids sponsored the sixth annual Toy Giveaway on Wednesday on Fisher Court.

"The importance and value of educating and supporting young people in our city is immeasurable,'' said Shanlander Drake. "Batty’s Kids toy giveaway and dinner is a great opportunity for the families of our community to get together and celebrate the holidays."

Batty’s Kids was founded by Ben Tobee and is a charitable organization dedicated to promoting empowerment and self-awareness of Westchester County youths by providing opportunities to build strong kids, families and communities.

The corporation is geared toward helping low-income families. Batty's Kids gave away more than 500 backpacks last summer. It also sponsors local athletic teams, provides back-to-school assistance, scholarship opportunities and other financial assistance to children and their families; as well as aligning them with positive role models so they can build high self-esteem.

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