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VOLUNTEERS—From left: Tameia Pickett, Tamia Mitchell, Anthony Sloan, Cassandra Sloan, Karrson Ewing, Michelle Rainey and Audrey Pope (Photos by J.L. Martello)

A Second Chance Inc. continued to make the holidays brighter for almost 1,000 children and youth in Kinship Care. The reach and impact of their efforts have been further enhanced by the generous contribution of others. UPMC Health Plan and ASCI continued to provide consistent support for the past four years.

Additional contributions have been provided by Toys for Tots, Jameson’s Army and others.

In addition to providing toys, the event has expanded over the years to include a festive holiday open house.

Pictures with Santa, music, refreshments and a bag of goodies add to the holiday cheer as the youth receive their gifts.

The holiday celebration occurs in ASCI’s corporate location in Pittsburgh, as well as their expanding regional office in Philadelphia.

 

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FOR THE TEENS—Volunteers Briana Diggs, Christine Watkins, Tanill Watkins and Timerra Davis show off clothes being given away to teens.

 

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TALKING TO SANTA—Seven-year-old Cheyenne Mitchell sits on Santa Claus’ lap as Santa’s helper, Brianna Diggs, holds a teddy bear. Nolan Cook was Santa Claus.

 

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HAVING FUN WITH TEDDY—Karron Taylor, who came to help out with the giveaway, carries a huge teddy bear to put him out so that kids can see it.

 

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TREE FULL OF GIFTS—The Christmas tree and the numerous gifts that were later given away.

 

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