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GIVING BACK: Moose answer the call

Fort Mill Moose Lodge Administrator David Whiteside delivers food for the "Help Families Have a Christmas" program.
Fort Mill Moose Lodge Administrator David Whiteside delivers food for the "Help Families Have a Christmas" program.

The Fort Mill Moose Lodge was the site of an early Christmas for 65 children in 36 local families.

The lodge hosted its fifth annual "Help Families Have a Christmas" program Saturday after collecting presents and a Christmas dinner for each family.

"They're getting everything they need for a Christmas dinner. Each box has a turkey," said lodge Governor Wyatt Smith, who credited local residents and businesses for helping make it possible.

Smith said the lodge members were happy to do their part during the holidays.

"We've actually been doing this for more than 40 years - just five years on this large scale," Smith said. "We got more than we expected."

Lodge members and volunteers spent the day packing presents and delivering them to needy families.

"It's been a little bit hectic. We have a lot of toys, lots of bikes - a lot of everything," said volunteer Jane Medlin-Smith. "We've all come together and really gotten into the spirit of it."

Medlin-Smith said people had been stopping by all week donating toys, bikes, or saying they brought "whatever they could give."

Gwen Brown, a Fort Mill mother of two children aged 6 and 8, received bicycles forfher kids.

"This is very helpful, especially in these times," Brown said. "Finding a way to supply Christmas presents for kids is just a blessing."

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