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Season of Giving to low-income families

WAUSAU (WAOW)- It's hard for some families to afford gifts for the holidays.

That's why a non-profit organization is doing its part, so that children in our area will wake up to Christmas presents under the tree.

The Neighbor's Place in Wausau almost looks like Santa's workshop, filled with presents wrapped and ready to be nestled under a Christmas tree.

"Our elves have been very busy matching up sponsors, getting presents together, wrapping up presents in preparation for this weekend," said Naomi Peters, The Neighbor's Place Program Director.

"A digital camera, lava lamp, the Frankie Barbie doll," Aqua Pedraza, at the Neighbor's Place.

Aqua Pedraza is just one of hundreds of children who may have gone without presents this Christmas, if it wasn't for the generosity of the our community.

Naomi Peters is the program director at the Neighbor's Place.

She said in September the organization set up the Christmas Assistance Program, designed to help out low-income families during the holidays.

"There's a real child asking for those winter boots or for that coat, and there's a real child there who would to have that game for Christmas," Peters said.

Thanks to local businesses, churches and community members, more than 200 families will have Christmas presents, a total of around 3,500 gifts.

Something these families say they are grateful for.

"Their going to be happy like any other kid that they have presents under there. We've got to keep that Santa alive you know," said Pekoua Lor, at the Neighbor's Place.

But Christmas isn't just about the presents

"I like to be with my family and spend time with them," said Aqua Pedraza.

Organizers said they will be accepting gifts until Christmas Eve.

They said winter items, such as coats are always needed.

Online Reporter: Christine Souders, Newsline 9

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