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Kids were on Santa's list

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Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Santa Claus and toys for kids make a happy community Christmas as the magic elf appears with some of the individually wrapped, age-specific toys that went to 139 children at the SCCS Christmas gift box distribution last Saturday.

There was more to a special Christmas than the makings of family holiday dinners at the Surface Creek Community Services food bank last Saturday.

Children were remembered during the observance of Christmas -- the one holiday that is probably most special to the young ones.

Fifty-eight families who signed up for the food bank's annual dinner boxes also requested toys for their children. As a result, there were personalized sacks of toys, all individually wrapped, that were distributed during the gift box event.

SCCS volunteer Ray Petersen said that this is the third year of the toy gifting in conjunction with the food bank holiday distribution.

The toys given out were selected by age appropriateness. Without a doubt, they contributed a big measure of holiday feeling to local families during their celebrations.

Ray said that many thanks need to be paid to those who donated to the kids gifting project. They include individuals who contributed, churches and organizations. Food Bank of the Rockies donated toy items that it had collected along with surplus inventory from food stores. The Cedaredge Dollar General store was especially helpful in providing toy items for the project this year, Petersen said.

Petersen gained experience helping organize the event while living in Grand Junction. For many years, he said, he worked with Angel Tree Prison Fellowship, a program that provides Christmas gifts for the children of the incarcerated.

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer The Cedaredge High School Future Farmers of America chapter is a highly active group that participates in numerous school and community projects throughout the year. The chapter was represented by member volunteers at the Surface Creek Community Services Christmas gift box distribution last Saturday. Shown, from left, are Katie Greenwood, chapter advisor, and members Abby Fowler, Shelby Stone, Nate Stumpf and Cheyenne Stone.
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