Giving comes so naturally to Mary McSears that seeing her help others makes people want to join her.

"I've never been selfish, but she made me more of a giver," said Reginald Garrett, who started buying toys for needy families after working with McSears about 14 years ago.

McSears remembers what it was like being a single mom trying to support four small children while working as a housekeeping supervisor at a local nursing home. She learned what it's like to be hungry -- a lesson she never forgot.

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