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Text by paul myers { } amilies donate so much in canned goods, clothes, and toys for the holidays. Some do it every year as a gesture of kindness to those that are less fortunate. After the toy donations are received, vol- unteers or nonprofit employees hand them out to children, offer families prepared bags of food and a bundle of warm clothes for cold winter nights. While it is important to make sure that each fam- ily has a warm heartfelt Christmas with gifts, it is much more significant for the family to receive the message that someone cared. Some families are shattered, fractured, and bro- ken. For the parents who are estranged from their children because of any number of reasons, Christ- mas can be a lonely time of year. However, the Visalia Rescue Mission (VRM) is bringing families closer together by facilitating the gift of giving. "It was a great idea that we modeled after 'Christmas with Dignity.' We are just huge fans of it," said VRM Director of Volunteers Lindsay Bald- win. Gleaning their idea from Neighborhood Church, VRM offers participants and graduates of their Life Change Academy to come and find a gift Give, A Life to too visalia rescue mission:

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