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Pa. MOMS Club helps Head Start families

December 27, 2012

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The MOMS Club of Chambersburg West held a Holiday Giftaway Dec. 8 that provided free holiday shopping for the families of Franklin County Head Start students.

The club collected new and gently-used toys, games, books and stocking stuffers from members and the community, as well as monetary donations that were used to purchase new gifts.

More than 1,500 gifts were distributed to 250 children — 190 of whom came through in the first hour.

Club president Dana Kuehler said, “My heart is just full of joy today. I couldn’t be more pleased with the success of this event in its first year. I am a true believer that if you are blessed and able to give and pay it forward to someone less fortunate, knowing you have helped make someone else smile will give you the best feeling in the world. Today we helped brighten Christmas for 250 kids and that just brings tears to my eyes.”

“The best moment of the day for me was when I overheard a 5- or 6-year-old boy, who was holding the toy he’d chosen, say, ‘Mama, you said you couldn’t get me anything for Christmas. Did you change your mind?’” said administrative vice president Beth Shupp-George.

“If the only thing we accomplished today was that one kid who otherwise would not have had any gifts went home with a toy in his hands, and a smile on his face, then that makes all the work we put into this more than worth it.”

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