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South Florida organization saves the day after Toys for Tots runs out of toys

The Rebirth Project to pass out 800 toys to children in need

NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A South Florida organization is stepping in to save the day after another organization ran out of toys to give to children in need for the holidays.

Good News Club Ministries didn't have the 200 toys promised to families and children until Tuesday when they received a little holiday help from the Rebirth Project.

The small community group had planned a big event to give those who need it most a Christmas to remember.

But their plans unraveled Monday when they found out Toys for Tots was out of toys.

"I cried. I cried tears because I didn't know what we were going to do," Dorise Berrouet, of Good Club Ministries, said.

Local 10 News connected Berrouet with Barbara Archat of The Rebirth Project.

Archat will hand out toys to hundreds of children in Broward County this weekend. And with a garage full of toys, she still had some to spare.

"Giving back makes you feel good," Archat said. "It's the holidays. My kids have always had whatever they wanted and there's a lot of kids out there that don't have that option. So, if we could just give a little bit of Christmas to these kids, then that's what it’s about."

The Rebirth Project plans to give toys to 800 children this year. Toys will be given out to children ages 2 to 14 at an event on Saturday.

Those in need can e-mail handfulsofhope@yahoo.com with their name, the name of their kids and their ages. The organization will e-mail families back with instructions for the day of giveaway.

Pre-registration is required to attend the event.

The event invites parents inside a "toy shop" while their children are entertained by games and activities and supervised by volunteers. The parents have the chance to select two toys per child.

Parents are encouraged to drop off the toys in their cars, so their children can be surprised by the toys on Christmas morning.