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Outpouring of generosity pays off in happy hearts for GIs' kids

Christmas spirit reigned Friday afternoon, Dec. 20, in the Sweet Home School District Board Room.

It was the culmination of the inaugural Operation Happy Hearts, an effort to provide gifts for children who have parents serving in the military overseas during the holidays.

Five children, from two local families, received gifts in the effort organized by Trisha Van Eck, Student Services secretary for the district.

"The turnout was a lot more than I had expected," said Van Eck. "Our community was so gracious and generous."

Three of the five recipients were Matt Levesque, 17, Ethan Dunaway...