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For Ladies Auxiliary, it's party time

December 12, 1997

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail Co. is highlighting 12 different individuals or groups who make a difference to others during the holiday season.

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

BOONSBORO - Mary Ann Faulders posed a question earlier this year to her colleagues in the Boonsboro Ladies Auxiliary.

"We do an annual Halloween party, and I asked, 'What are we doing for Christmas?' They said, 'We haven't done anything for years,' and I asked why not?" she said.

It was a good question, the group's members agreed.

So Faulders, chairwoman of the children and youth committee, and second vice president Sharon Quinn set out to organize a Christmas bash for area children.

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Between 90 and 100 children showed up at the Boonsboro American Legion on Dec. 7, Quinn said.

Missy Smith brought her four daughters to the event.

"They're all pretty excited," said Smith, holding her 1-year-old in the line leading to Santa Claus.

Her other children sported a snowman, Santa and other designs from the face-painting demonstration.

Sarah Smith, 6, knew exactly what she hoped to receive from Santa: jewelry.

"I like to wear it," she said.

Quinn pointed to many volunteers among the sponsoring organizations, including the Sons of the American Legion, the Ladies Auxiliary and Post No. 10.

"I can remember when I was a little girl going to the old Boonsboro legion and receiving a candy cane and orange," she said.

Quinn said organizers decided to revive that tradition as well as to add gifts for all of the children. Donations from area businesses and individuals were used to buy a wide assortment of gifts, she said.

It has been about nine years since the last Christmas party was held in town. But if Quinn and Faulders have any say, it will not be the last.

"I think next year there will be much better turnout," Faulders said. "We're hoping to extend this for many, many years."

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