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Children, civic groups reach out to homeless

December 22, 1997

Children, civic groups reach out to homeless

By RICHARD F. BELISLE

Staff Writer, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Franklin County residents are again seeing to it that those who are less fortunate have something to celebrate this Christmas, said Kathy Auman, director of the Franklin County Shelter for the Homeless.

The shelter, at 223 S. Main St. in Chambersburg, holds 24 people and is nearly always full, Auman said. Franklin County residents can stay for up to 30 days. Transients can stay for three days, she said.

On Monday there were 17 clients in the shelter, including six children, she said.

All will be having a good Christmas thanks to the generosity of some area schoolchildren, church groups and civic organizations, Auman said.

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"We really have a lot of wonderful toys for the children and presents for the adults," she said. Some of the schoolchildren went to the trouble of making up gaily decorated packages full of personal use items for adults in the shelter, she said.

"It's very stressful for people to be living here. It's even harder at Christmas. It's sadder for the children, but this should help them all to feel a little better," Auman said.

Clients are referred to the shelter by human service agencies and churches. A few walk in on their own seeking help.

"They may have just been evicted or they've lost their jobs or something," Auman said.

She said students at Grandview Elementary School, Falling Springs Elementary, the Montessori School and the Toy Mission have put together gifts for shelter clients. Every year James Malone, an instructor at Mercersburg Academy, and some of his students come to the shelter to serve Christmas dinner, Auman said.

"We have lots of donated food this year," she said.

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