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Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 01:39 am

SPREADING CHRISTMAS HOPE

Imagine a toy store where everything is free. That’s exactly what Springfield Catholic Charities has provided at holiday hope for more than a decade, bringing Christmas to the less fortunate in the community.

Each year, Catholic Charities holds its Christmas store and food basket giveaway, allowing parents to pick out free toys for their kids while taking home an armful of food for the holidays. The food baskets hold a traditional Christmas meal and an extra week’s worth of food for about 500 families each year.

Catholic Charities is still signing up families for the store and food baskets, says community services director Carol Harms.

“There are so many families during the holiday season that are really struggling,” Harms says. “This gives individuals who are blessed a chance to give back to those who need a helping hand.”

The event will be held Dec. 15 and 16 at St. Cabrini Parish Center, 1020 North Milton Avenue.

To sign up for the store and food baskets or to volunteer, call Catholic Charities’ crisis office at 523-4557. To donate toys, food or money, call the food pantry at 523-2450.
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