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Victory Dream Center hosts "Spirit of Love" drive

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CARBONDALE -- The Victory Dream Center held its annual Spirit of Love - Operation 400 Food and Toy Distribution event Sunday.

“This right here is our Christmas gift right here," said “Pinky" Self. "We give back and see smiles on the kids' faces and the adults' faces as well so we love it.”

Self was one of dozens of volunteers helping hand out toys, food and lots of love.

"Our goal is to serve 400 families in the community,” said Pastor Doug Cherry. “It’s a tough time of the year for a lot of people and we just want to try and bring the joy of Christmas."

Pastor Cherry said they handed out over 1000 toys and 30-thousand pounds of food to serve those especially in need.

“We started at operation 250, and then we we're operation 350, and now we’re able to be operation 400," said Hannah Erickson, from the Victory Dream Center.

2017 marks the 19th year for the event.

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