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Huntington Beach, CA, Lodge, with the help of the Huntington Beach Fire Department and members of the Edison High School girls’ soccer team, hosted a Children’s Christmas Party and treated 75 needy children and their parents to lunch, crafts, dancing, face painting, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift. Pictured with Santa (volunteer John Erhart) is one of the young partygoers. In other news, lodge members distributed


more than 700 dictionaries to third-grade students at eight elementary schools.


student program so that it could hold a Pot Luck Christmas Party. The party, which featured an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, was for 18 Japanese exchange students and their host families.


Palm Springs, CA, Lodge, with the help of a $1,000 ENF Promise Grant, donated $3,200 to the People Helping People thrift store in Cathedral City to pay for $100 worth of clothes for each of 32 boys and girls.


San Luis Obispo, CA, Lodge members shipped 96 goody bags to members of a lodge-sponsored military unit serving in a combat zone overseas.


Santa Clarita, CA, Lodge held a Children’s Christmas Party for the children and grandchildren of lodge members, about 75 children from the


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Lakeport, CA, Lodge hosted its annual Christmas Party and treated 30 clients of People Services, which provides a variety of services to people with disabilities, to lunch, games, and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who gave each partygoer a stocking stuffed with a toy stuffed bear and candy. Pictured in front of the lodge’s simulated fireplace are People Services clients Priscilla Castro (front) with (back, from left) Kim Barton, Lucy Castro, Alicia Barajas, Kenneth Martinez, and Jeff Barlow.


Mission Viejo-Saddleback Valley, CA, Lodge campers donated $480 worth of gift cards to Saddleback Community Outreach to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children. Pictured are ER Pat Martino (left) and SCO Volunteer Client Services Director Ken Carpenter.


community, and about 25 residents of two homes for developmentally disabled young adults operated by LARC Ranch. Partygoers were treated to snacks, beverages, and a visit with Santa, who gave each child a gift.


In other news, the lodge held a Silent Auction and Bake Sale fund- raiser and raised nearly $4,500 for the state major project, which provides in- home therapy at no charge to children with special needs.


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