Community rallies to provide presents to children in need

December 6, 2012 8:18:12 PM PST
Dozens of children from the Falcon Children's Home in Cumberland County celebrated Christmas and received presents donated by the community Thursday.

They said the best Christmas decorations are smiles, and hugs.

"This is the best ever, to me the best ever," said 16-year-old Jaquia. "I never had to open so many gifts."

Multiply that joy and love 80 times and you have the Falcon Children's Home party, where every child gets his or her Christmas wish.

"I love it all to tell you the truth," said David. "I love it all."

That's what the party is all about -- love , joy, and pizza.

Michele Ellis said each year there are more kids but never a shortage of volunteers wanting to help.

"Wow, just look around and you see why we do it," said Ellis. "We have Truman here for the kids. We try to make a special Christmas for them. We want these kids to have what our kids have."

This is the first year Jason Hairr and his family have sponsored three kids.

"Instead of buying presents for each other and moving on, we decided to take it upon ourselves to help somebody who  may not have had the best Christmas this year," said Hairr.

Each child got between $300 to $350 in presents from clothes and shoes to electronics.

"Because a lot of them, our kids at times feel like no one cares, and when they see this turnout, they say to themselves, people really do care," said Joey Legget, with the Falcon Children's Home.

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