The joyful event made possible by generous
contributions and hours and hours of volunteerism

A highlight of the holiday season locally has been the conclusion of Calhoun Christmas Connection's year-long effort to bring Christmas to over 100 families.

The project was made possible by a myriad of local volunteers and supporters, who worked around the year, said Family Resource Network's Jean Simers.

Christmas was in in the air at the armory at Big Bend as family members came to select toys, gifts and food items from donated cash and items collected and purchased by the local civic endeavor.

Families "shopped" for toys with an opportunity to select gently used clothing.

Each family not only received gifts for their children, but a food basket, wrapping paper, bows, Santa shoe boxes for the adults, Christmas decorations and other items.

Simers said, "Please remember the Christmas Connection when you're shopping those after-Christmas sales. The project will be storing items for next year at the armory."

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