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Hundreds of local residents receive food, gifts to help celebrate the season

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Some of the Christmas gifts and food baskets are seen inside the Boring fire station while they were being assembled for delivery to qualifying families. Nearly 400 people benefitted from this annual event.Once again the Boring Fire District’s Christmas Basket Program was a huge success. This was due in large part to our generous communities.

More than 90 families qualified to receive a basket this year. That means nearly 380 individuals not only were able to enjoy a large Christmas dinner, they also had plenty left over for another day.

In addition, all of the children in these families were able to open presents wrapped by volunteers and donated by local families, who took the time to act on the true spirit and meaning of the season.

The entire community played a role in making this year memorable. Students in local schools collected hundreds of cans of food. Local businesses made room to place “Giving Trees” in prominent places. And many people volunteered to help pick up the food and donate toys, wrap them and then help with the delivery process.

All efforts combined, our community teamwork helped the Boring Fire District collect more than 1,000 presents. This large number of gifts helped guarantee that all of the children whose parents qualified for the program experienced the excitement of opening their treasures on Christmas morning.

We will finish this year’s Christmas basket program with a pizza party for the class at each school that collected the most food for the baskets.

Tammy Owen is the public information officer for the Boring Fire District.

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