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Legal community gives kids a holiday boost

img_4173The Roanoke legal community turned out again for the 12th annual Santa at the Station event for children and their families living in Roanoke Valley shelters. The Dec. 8 holiday party was made possible by 48 volunteers, including lawyers, legal staff and a judge, according to organizer Lori D. Thompson.

The event was sponsored by the Roanoke Bar Foundation and hosted by the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Approximately 150 families were expected to join in the festivities, including dinner, holiday arts and crafts, face-painting, caroling and having their picture taken with Santa.

In addition, children visited “Santa’s Sack” to select special gifts to share with family members.

“With the financial pressures on families today, it is often difficult for parents to afford the added expenses associated with the holidays. Our volunteers look forward to this event each year,” said Thompson, who has organized Santa at the Station for the past eleven years.