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How UNG students spread Christmas cheer for foster families
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The University of North Georgia’s Community Awareness Club hosted a Christmas party for eight foster families, providing gifts for 15 children. - photo by Clark Leonard

Eight foster families in Hall County received a Christmas party Friday, Dec. 14, thanks to the efforts of the University of North Georgia’s Community Awareness Group.

The student organization, which is based on the college’s Gainesville campus, partnered with Cheddar’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse and PPG Paints to provide gifts and dinner for the families. 

During the party 15 children were presented with gifts at Christ Place Church in Flowery Branch.  

Gabriela Miranda, the group’s vice president, said one of the foster mothers told her that this year will be the last Christmas she shares with her twin girls before they move back in with their biological father. 

“She expressed her gratitude for the kind donation of gifts, so her family could enjoy one last Christmas together filled with gifts, love and bittersweet goodbyes,” Miranda said in a press release. 

The Community Awareness Group began in August 2018 and already has plans to hold more events this spring. 

“Our reason for this club is to create a culture of giving back,” Zelma Estrada, the organization’s president said in a press release. “And this Christmas party for foster families was our way of showing them how much we appreciate and care for them.”

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