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Despite challenges, Kids Christmas Store turns out 'great'


December 16, 2020

At the Kids Free Christmas Store at Hope Church, volunteer Madison Olheiser, 12, wraps a gift for Khloe Wood, 11, left.

The sixth annual Kids Free Christmas Store turned out a little different this year, with fewer shoppers than in the past.

But Nancy Patton, founder and director of the event, which gives children 4 through 12 the chance to shop for family members, said "it worked out great after what we had to go through to make it happen."

She said whether or not the event would even occur was questionable until organizers knew what the state's parameters were going to be. They came up with the idea of splitting it between its past location, the Sweet Home Evangelical Church gym, and Hope Church. They als...

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