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Santa made a list, he checked it twice, and now more than 200 children in Washington County have a few more presents under the Christmas tree.

Except in this case, Santa was a former NFL football player.

Families celebrated the third annual Takeo Spikes Toy Giveaway at the World of Life Church in Sandersville.

More than 200 children sat quietly in their chairs waiting to hear their name to redeem a Christmas present.

Takeo Spikes arrived with his family to pass out toys to other families in Washington County.

Members of the World of Life Church went on a shopping spree to make sure every child who signed up had a gift, but they also bought extra to make sure everyone walked away with something.

"A lot of times, people ask me what do I see in the people I give in particular at home. I see me, because I'm a product of Washington County. A lot of times, we all need an inspiration story, a motivating story, you know, to keep you going because times are hard," Spikes said.

Spikes hope to continue this tradition every year.

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