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A young girl holds on to her beanie baby toy animal while posing for the camera.

We could rarely give out toys or gifts because there were too many kids, despite donations of over 200 beanie babies, thousands of toilettries, etc, since it could cause more of a problem than blessing. However, occasionally there were places with few kids, and then we gave out the beanie babies. I am not sure how much good it does to give out toys when people are hungry, but we could not carry large amounts of food and donated that in other ways. The kids held onto the toys so tightly, as seen here.

Note on all photos of children in Togo: In 2006, an estimated over 300,000 Togolese children were in slavery!

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