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Families in need receive surprise Christmas gifts

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WILDWOOD -

It's Christmas Eve, and people all over are getting into the holiday spirit, but there are a large number of children who, without the help of a special group of community volunteers, would have gone without.

The streets of Wildwood were filled with holiday cheer as Santa and his helpers took to an unusual sleigh to give gifts to families in need.

"We had over 207 bags filled with toys, coats, and gift cards that will service over 500 children here in the Wildwoods," said community organizer, John Lynch.

The "Lynch who stole Christmas from the Grinch" was organized 5 years ago by John Lynch and was able to help 85 families during its first year.

The number of families who cannot afford gifts has grown, this year especially following Hurricane Sandy.

Crystal Robinson is a member of one of the many families who received a Christmas surprise. Robinson and her three children lost almost everything they owned in the storm.

"We did lose everything. And the kids are going to be smiling a bit brighter on Christmas morning because of this," said Sandy victim, Crystal Robinson.

Volunteers and Wildwood Firefighters distributed the presents to homes in the community.

Rayquan Walker is a junior volunteer and his family is down on their luck as well. And his efforts didn't go unnoticed by the department.

"You got $20.00 Wawa card, two $50.00 cards to Walgreen's, and two $100.00 cards to Wal-Mart. The fire guys are going to take you out to Wal-Mart and let you buy some Christmas presents for your family, for all the great things you do in our community," said Lynch as he presented a wallet of gift cards Rayquan Walker.

And helping the community anyway he can is what Lynch says the holidays are all about.

"Your neighbor can be three months old, or ninety-nine years old. They are your neighbors and that's what we do as Americans and that's what is so great about the holidays. It brings out the best of everybody."

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