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United Way Lower Eastern Shore Donating Gifts to Kids in Dorchester and Somerset Counties

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SALISBURY, Md.- One of the recipients of the Bless Our Children funds is the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore, which share the same goal of making sure every child has a gift this Christmas. 

During the holiday season, the United Way's Emerging Leaders Group makes efforts to provide for the needs of students in elementary schools in Dorchester and Somerset counties.

"This year we shopped for 85 kids. We spend 100 tax-free dollars, and these kids basically give us their wants but also their needs. They supply us with their shoe size, shirt size, coat size and we essentially get them a new outfit and some of their wants around the holiday season," said Caroline Philips, the community outreach coordinator for the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Making sure kids and their families are fed during the holidays is yet another priority.

"A lot of the kids we help are on free and reduced meals, so a lot of them might not be sure where their next meal is coming from while they're off from school during the holiday season," Phillips said. "So giving them this breakfast basket is another little treat that they can enjoy Christmas morning with their family."

But funds for Bless Our Children have been lower this year, and Philips tells the donations received from the campaign are what helps the United Way maximize its efforts in giving back to the community.

"We are able to give to 15 kids, that if we had not received the money from Bless Our Children, those kids would of been without Christmas gifts this holiday season," said Phillips.

She says any amount of donation helps; what's important is the effort.

"Every single dollar,  no matter what the amount, it adds up it makes a difference," Phillips said.

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