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December 27, 2013

Atheist group saves woman from Christmas nightmare

CHICKASHA — A group of local atheists saved Christmas for a Chickasha woman after she and her baby were allegedly put through the ringer at a church’s toy give away.

Tiffany Wait said she, her husband and their 7-month-old baby went to Bible Baptist Church’s Toy Shop Christmas morning to get gifts for their child but were met with animosity because Wait did not want to give her baby to the volunteers.

“I am poor and would not be able to celebrate Christmas this year without their charity,” she said. “I went last year and it was a life saver. This year, however, I was treated shockingly bad.”

Wait said her baby doesn’t like strangers and she’d prefer to be with him. She said the volunteer said it has to be done this way, or the family wouldn’t be able to participate.

“I stood there, fighting back tears and asked, ‘You would turn a baby away on Christmas?’” Wait said.

The volunteers held their ground, according to Wait, and one woman tried to forcibly take her child.

Eventually, a woman passed a toy to the front and gave it to Wait.

Wait took to the Internet, posting her story on various social media sites, which is where Oklahoma Atheists’ Director Red McCall and members of his group set out to save Christmas.

“We had several people donate things and send her money through a PayPal,” McCall said.

Christmas is a secular holiday now, McCall said, adding that everyone deserves to have a happy holiday.

“Her Christmas was ruined,” he said. “The big message here is Tiffany was discriminated against, and if someone needs help, we are going to help them. It doesn’t matter what their beliefs are.”

Wait said the actions of McCall and Oklahoma Atheists saved the holiday.

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