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"Miscommunication" makes mess of D.C. toy giveaway

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Outside Matthews Memorial Church, mothers, fathers and grandparents were left upset after a toy giveaway turned into a mess. The advertisement for the event, hosted by Councilman Marion Barry, former NBA star Patrick Ewing and former Georgetown player Michael Hancock, said first-come, first-serve.

Marion Barry's toy giveaway at Matthews Memorial Church (photos)

Marion Barry's toy giveaway at Matthews Memorial Church (photos) 16 Photos
Marion Barry's toy giveaway at Matthews Memorial Church (photos)

But when the line began to form hours ahead of the giveaway, waiting families were told they were supposed to preregister.

Even those who preregistered said they weren't told they were supposed to bring their children.

A spokeswoman for the event said the problem was due to miscommunication.

When the host for the giveaway arrived, they said no one would go away empty-handed. In the end, there were enough toys, and every child left with a gift.

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