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Organization to provide gifts for less fortunate children in Elk County

Project Gifts for Elk County is committed to providing toys to less fortunate children. (WJAC)

ST. MARYS - With Christmas just a few weeks away, an organization is gearing up to help less fortunate children in Elk County.

Project Gifts for Elk County is committed to providing toys to less fortunate children.

Elk County Catholic High School students helped wrap the donated gifts at the workshop on Depot Street in St. Marys Wednesday.

“It’s easy to get caught up in all the deals and Christmas sparkle that you forget that not everybody has the same opportunity as you,” senior Kendra Smithbauer said. “This is a really great opportunity for us as young adults.”

Organizers said schools and police departments help find those in need by using free and reduced lunch guidelines.

President Bob Roberts said they will provide gifts to more than 400 kids from infant to 10-years-old this year.

Roberts said Santa and Mrs. Clause will arrive in a police cruiser to deliver the gifts to St. Marys, Ridgway and Johnsonburg on Dec. 16.

Every law enforcement agency in Elk County will also take part in the distribution.

“This gives the kids an opportunity to relate to the police officers as someone they can talk to, someone that is their friend and someone they can turn too in a time of need.”

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