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      Wexford and Missaukee counties embrace Project Christmas

      Project Christmas seeks to give families in need a happy holiday.

      Thousands of volunteers and families packed the Wexford County Civic Center Saturday for the 25th Annual Project Christmas.

      The event allows families in need from Wexford County or Missaukee County to shop among items donated to Project Christmas for gifts for their family. Project Christmas also accepts monetary donations for organizers to choose gifts with.

      From toys to housewares, Project Christmas seeks to meet all family needs. Organizers say that having the ability to choose specific gifts for family members makes the event unique.

      "Project Christmas offers families an opportunity to come and pick out for their family members what the family members need the most for themselves," said Publicity Chair Judy Coffey.

      Project Christmas also featured live Christmas music from area band students and an appearance by Santa Claus.