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The annual Children's Christmas Party held at the Galax Elks Lodge on Dec. 12 provided toys and clothes to about 500 children throughout Carroll and Grayson counties and the City of Galax.
Children's names are provided through social services, and each year Elks Lodge members raise about $9,000 for the campaign to pass out gifts to newborns up to the age of 12.
“We want to make sure every kid receives a present,” said Matthew Legg, exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge. “It's really about the children and being able to see that Santa has a nice gift for them.”