Many families still need assistance as holiday nears

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GREENFIELD — With the north entrance to Wal-Mart as their rallying point, about two dozen 4-H Junior Leaders were poised to do what many teens do best: shop big time.

The 4-H’ers received their marching orders from 4-H youth educator Sarah Burke, and then they were off to shop for United Christmas Service, the county’s largest provider of holiday assistance, run by United Way of Central Indiana.

The service matches area families in need with partnering organizations that adopt them and buy gifts for the holidays.

A lot of that is going on as the holiday looms and the need for help grows more apparent. Nearly a dozen local campaigns are entering critical periods of fundraising to make sure families have a nice holiday. This story is a summary of their efforts to date and outlines the remaining needs:

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