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Operation Smiles for Kids at Fort Lupton American Legion post

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Christmas came early to 64 boys and girls in Fort Lupton. On Saturday, Dec. 21, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at American Legion Post 102 in Fort Lupton.

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They handed out gifts and treats to 33 boys and 31 girls in the Legion hall. The event, “Operation Smiles for Kids,” was the brainchild of Cindy, Rudy and Royce Thomas, all members of the American Legion. They sent letters to local scchols, day cares and churches, asking for a list of families that might need a little assistance.

A “Christmas For Kids” committee as formed with Matt Turner in charge. They decided to sell tacos during Denver Broncos games, with the proceeds going to buy presents. They started during the first game between Baltimore and continued through the Dec. 12 game with San Diego. With their help and the assistance of helper elves, they were able to raise more than $1,300. That, along with other donations during the season, enabled them to provide toys for all the children.  The children and their families also were treated to cookies and drinks. Based on the smiles seen, their mission was definitely accomplished.

— Story courtesy Sean Vis