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Warrenton spreads holiday cheer to kids

December 20, 2016
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Kendall Allen wraps a present for one of several children adopted by her family as part of Warrenton-Hammond Healthy Kids Inc.’s toy drive. Between 40 and 50 volunteers wrapped and bagged presents for more than 230 kids Saturday at Warrenton Grade School. Debbie Morrow, head of nonprofit Warrenton-Hammond Healthy Kids Inc., said the leftover gift donations will be used by teachers as classroom prizes and for future toy drives. WARRENTON — In early December last year, Warrenton residents learned that kids in their city weren’t among the recipients of the Astoria Wishing Tree program, which raises part of its money from Warrenton businesses. Within weeks of Christmas, community members adopted more than 130 kids. With an established toy drive this year, Warrenton individuals and businesses have adopted more than 230 kids for Christmas. Rallying for kids “The community, they really rallied around our request for help,” said Debbie Morrow, director of the nonprofit youth support group Warrenton-Hammond Healthy Kids Inc., which organized the drive. Morrow said teachers gathered Christmas wish lists for children from their families. Others adopted and went shopping for the kids. Most of the wishes were granted, Morrow said, except for the most extravagant — two...

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