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Good News of Christmas campaign kicks off

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Our tough economy has made it extremely difficult for families all over the Tri-States to make ends meet, especially during the holidays.

But one program is helping those in need still have a Merry Christmas.

For the 24th year, the Quincy Herald Whig's "Good News of Christmas" is putting gifts under the tree for 47 local families.

Volunteers at the community room in the Quincy Mall are busy wrapping presents - thanks to your donations.

Local agencies nominate the families based on their circumstances.

Some people have been laid off from their job...are struggling with health issues...some are even injured Iraq War veterans.

"They've really made that push to better themselves and get ahead of their bills so this is the opportunity to give their kids that Christmas so they don't get behind on the bills again and miss a house payment or get evicted. So this is really a hand up not a hand out to these needy families," says Tom Van Ness, a member of the Quincy Herald Whig and the Organizer of the Good News campaign.

There's still time to donate to the cause.

"Good News" would like to raise another $10,000 dollars to help purchase the remaining gifts on families' wish lists.

To donate, contact the Quincy Herald Whig or visit the Community Room in the Quincy Mall from 6-9 on weeknights, or 1-5 on the weekends.

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