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Shippensburg organizations to help local children have a brighter Christmas

18 December 2012 No Comment


Three Shippensburg organizations will help the community, particularly the youngest citizens, experience extra joy this holiday season.

Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Christ Among Neighbors and King’s Kettle Food Bank will host the first-ever Shippensburg Community Christmas Party, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Firefighters Activities Center, 33 W. Orange St.

“We just thought it’d be a great sort-of collaborative effort among some of the agencies and community outreach organizations to be able to provide a unified Christmas party for our community,” said Scott Brown, executive director of the chamber.

The state of the economy motivated Brown and other organizers to put the event together. The hard times many families are facing will have an impact on the Christmas those children will experience, so to help, local businesses and the three organizing agencies have donated toys to be given to children at the Christmas party, Brown said.

“Not that we would be able to provide all the gifts a child asks for, but we’re able to just provide some gifts that they could enjoy their Christmas,” he added.

The party will consist of games, Christmas carols, a story and a meal partially provided by Kathy’s Deli. The big event – Santa Claus and presents – will finish off the event. Everything is free for Shippensburg Area School District children and families.

“We’re gonna be giving lots of gifts,” Brown said.

Brown expects about 75 to 100 people to attend.

He wished to add that the event will be open to everyone, even though an advertisement poster released states that people must RSVP. However, Brown asks that guests call ahead to the chamber, at 532-5509, so that organizers know how many people to plan for.

For the flyer, click here.

Amber South can be reached at asouth@publicopinionnews.com or 262-4771.

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