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Tippin Displays The Spirit Of Giving
By LISA TRAMEL
The children and staff at L.B.J.
& C. Headstart in Smithville hosted some special guests last Friday morning with a
visit from Aaron, Thea, Teddy and Thomas Tippin. Toys were collected in a recent toy drive
held by Tippin and his staff at Aaron Tippin Outdoors and a wrapped gift and stuffed
animal were presented to the seventy-four children who attend the program.
"I want to thank everyone at the store who's helped pass the word around town and
helped in collecting the presents for the kids, Tippin said. Barbara Poss,
Robert (Smitty) Smith, Jeff Ferrell, Tammy Nalley, they're the ones responsible for making
this possible, and a special thanks should go to all those who donated the toys,
In an interview with The Middle Tennessee Times, Tippin told the reason he wanted to help
this special cause. "It's a big deal to me making sure that kids have plenty. My
little slogan is 'I don't believe it's truly Christmas unless every child has a toy'. This
is my way of helping,"
He explained that he became involved with the Toys for Tots Drive a few years ago. "I
sing a song on stage at every show that I do and put a bicycle together. At the end of the
song, I invite someone out that represents Toys for Tots and give the bike to them. It's
giving toys around all over the country."
Tippin is no stranger to the giving spirit as he debuted his new single "Where the
Stars & Stripes and the Eagle Fly" at DeKalb County's "Rallies for
America" on September 18th. The proceeds from this recording are set to go to the
survivors of the terrorist victims. "All the royalties that I normally receive off
the song go to that. We've sold probably 400,000 records, and that's quite a
When asked if he was looking forward to the upcoming holidays, Tippin said, "I get to
be home for Christmas, I'm excited about that. And that's a big enough Christmas for
Mrs. Wanda Prichard from the Headstart program told The Times how wonderful they thought
it was that Aaron Tippin was able to do this for them. "The children were all excited
about having their pictures made with him, having him sign their school pictures, teddy
bears and toys," said Mrs. Prichard.
She also reminds everyone that L.B.J. & C. Headstart will start taking applications
for next year's enrollment in late January.
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