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Annual Christmas party helps kids

Three hours before the doors at the main building in the Mother Lode Fairgrounds were set to open on Saturday, with frost still on the freezing ground, families were already lining up for the 2013 Children’s Holiday Party.

“As you can see, they start lining up early,” said Duke York, one of the event’s organizers.

The scene at the annual party has been similar for 31 years now.

Run completely by volunteers, it is meant to give needy children and families a festive day of games, food, fun and cheer, with invited children getting in many cases the only Christmas presents they will receive this year.

“What Tuolumne County has always appeared to have an unlimited supply of is community spirit,” York said Saturday morning before the party.

This year, the party hosted 879 children, from infants to eighth-graders, with each getting at least one gift and free food, games and holiday entertainment on site.

Also, 100 bikes, 46 haircuts, 133 manicures and 1,000 books were given away throughout the day.


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