(Editor's note: For these 12 days before Christmas, we will be recognizing individuals and groups who make the holidays better for others. This is the sixth in the series.)
photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer
Seated at a formal dining table with a napkin on her lap and a dinner of roast chicken in front of her, 7-year-old Tinisha can barely contain her excitement enough to eat her meal.
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She knows that in just minutes, Santa Claus will make an appearance, spreading holiday cheer and providing her with a gift or two.
"I am so excited," she said.
When asked what present she would like most, the youngster is speechless.
"It doesn't matter," she said after giving it some thought.
One of 59 needy children chosen from area schools, she spent Tuesday evening as the guest of the Kiwanis Club of Suburban Hagerstown for its annual Christmas dinner at the Venice Inn.