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Christmas Wishes Granted For Yakima Foster Children

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YAKIMA, Wash-- Foster children in Yakima are getting Christmas a little early this year. Children and their families make wish lists. Many of them went home with more than they expected, bicycles and skateboards.

Yakima's Sunrise Rotary members like to think of themselves as Santa's helpers. Last week they shopped for all the foster kids on their list and Wednesday night they got to hand out the gifts.  Santa helped the children get into the holiday spirit, he was on hand for pictures. 

Around 200 children received gifts, something that makes all the time and energy worth while for Rotary members.

"Just this evening already we had a girl get a bike and she couldn't believe it. It brought tears to our eyes," said Curtis Vangstad, chairman of Operation Santa.

The Rotarians want everyone to be safe with their new bikes and skateboards. Memorial Hospital donated helmets. All of the children were fitted for helmets and also received elbow and knee pads.

Other local businesses helped out too, Target granted the Rotary money for the bikes and Howard Johnson Hotel donated the space for Wednesday night's event.