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By CLYDE FORD
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - At 90, Hugh Via might be expected to start slowing down a little.
Instead, he remains active, running the Christmas Cheer booth in Charles Town's downtown.
The program is similar to a Salvation Army kettle drive, with donations going to help feed and clothe the needy during the holidays.
The program also collects toys for children, he said.
Christmas Cheer started in Charles Town in 1954. Via has been running the operation since 1960.
Last year, 120 food baskets and 20 gift certificates were given out to needy families.
"You don't have any idea how much work it is," Via said. "I swore last year I wouldn't do it this year."