JONESBORO, GA -- It's a small attempt to create some light in what can seem like a dark holiday season. With a mass shooting in Connecticut and both a teen and nine-year-old killed recently in metro Atlanta, Dwaine Flowers wanted to do something good for people.
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The Clayton County man rounded up a few family members and asked a friend to provide a list of single-parent families living in a Jonesboro public housing complex. After he spoke to them about what they needed for Christmas, he went out shopping. With help from local sponsors, he came up with eight Christmas dinners with turkey, and a list of toys.
"We decided to step up to change things for our community," Flowers said.
The mothers and their children graciously accepted gifts ranging from a little girl's bike to a TV set. Many said they were struggling to provide for their kids during the holidays.
"I'm speechless, my kids didn't have anything to open up on Christmas and now they do," said Courtney Ogletree. "I feel so blessed."
Flowers said he plans to try to make it a tradition every year.
"If we could get more people to do things like this, the world would be a better place," Flowers added. "That's self-explanatory."
His cousin Darrell Cloud agreed, and said he looks forward to pitching in next year too.
"We're not rich, we don't own a lot of stuff, we just want to give back what we can," Cloud said. "There's a lot of negativity going on and we wanted to show there's positive things happening, there are positive things you can do."