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12/13/03 - Whitehouse

Community Effort Helps Needy In Whitehouse

Countless needy families in the Whitehouse area will have a joyous Christmas this year, thanks to a community wide effort. It's called "Project Joy." Volunteers gathered at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Whitehouse this morning to pack boxes full of food and presents. For over twenty years, the Whitehouse Ministerial Alliance has joined forces with the Whitehouse Independent School District and several area businesses to make sure everyone has a happy holiday. The grade schools held food drives, while the junior high and high school held fund raisers to buy toys for the kids.

"It's a great feeling to be able to do something for somebody else when they don't expect it's coming," said Project Joy Coordinator Ray Baldwin. "And, when you see families that don't have anything, you realize how much you've got. So when you walk up to a house and you have a new bicycle and some groceries, a frozen turkey and enough food to last you at least a week, you see the look on the face of joy, and that really makes a big difference. Project Joy is a perfect name."

More than 120 families and 300 children will benefit from the generosity of the Whitehouse community. The care packages will be distributed to the families on Monday.

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