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Hundreds of Carthage Children receive Christmas Presents

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Christmas is just 4 days away and many are looking forward to opening presents Christmas morning. But with the ailing economy, many parents have had to cut back on their expenses.   so the Carthage police department came together to ensure that all kids in their community have a merry Christmas.

The 38th annual Laverne Williams children's party brought joy for kids of all ages who may be facing economic difficulties this holiday season.

"it's all done thru donations in the community. We don't ever ask for anything. Typically, the media says hey it's time for the party, our donations start rolling in and the sweat of it is volunteers from the police department that give their time because they want to do this." says Carthage Police chief, Greg Dagnan says.

"I really like how far generosity can go and how much change you're making in this child's life." says Carthage student, Dylan Calhoon.

All kids received a pillow pet or stuffed animal, and a ten dollar Walmart gift card.

"I think everyone needs something for Christmas." Says Destiny Wells.

The party was invitation only for kids and parents with  no cost to them.
Sacks of donated toys for girls and boys were raffled off, and the kids got to enjoy Christmas cookies while they waited for Santa's arrival. This year no child walked away empty handed. Some even walked away with some of this years hottest items.

"Everybody wants an xbox. An xbox or a bicycle.  And of course for underprivileged children at the Carthage Christmas party we gave away a couple of xbox's and we made some kids very very happy." Santa told us.

But for others, like Lili Smith, spending time together, is an even greater gift.

"I think its really cool to see the look on their faces whenever they get a present or just to be able to make a difference in somebody's life and make somebody's Christmas better." she says.

 

Although the weather may have been a damper, The Carthage Police officers say they'll continue to grow the party, and hope to reach one thousand kids in the future.

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