Thursday, December 11, 2003

Mason city employees collect gifts for needy

By Aaron Johnson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

MASON - City employees have a holiday tradition that's aimed at brightening the season for others.

In the 7-year-old "Hope for the Holidays" program, employees collect presents, gift certificates and nonperishable food items, among other things, to aid needy individuals and families in Mason.

The program began as "Firefighters for Kids," but changed its name after spreading to the rest of Mason's city employees.

Businesses and organizations also contribute.

Gifts will be accepted until Christmas morning, but coordinators would like to receive donations by Dec. 18, when they will host a daylong, citywide gift-wrapping party in the Mason Municipal Center in conjunction with a chili cook-off.

The city accepts donations at Fire Stations 51 and 52, the Mason Municipal Center and the Mason Community Center.

For additional information, call Santa's Hot Line at (513) 229-8507.

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