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Old News Boys helping families have a merry Christmas

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The effort to make sure every child has something under the tree this Christmas is underway with the kickoff of a local organization's annual campaign.

"Our motto is 'let no child be forgotten,'" said Chris Hamilton, executive director of Old News Boys in Flint.

It is one of Michigan's longest standing organizations geared toward helping families in need, especially during the holiday season.

The Old News Boys of Flint have been helping children since 1924. Hamilton said as long as there's a child in need on Christmas, they will be there to help.

"It would be a terrible thing on Christmas morning to not have anything to open up," Hamilton said.

The Old News Boys of Flint run three programs to help low-income families - a shoe and coat drive, an emergency supply box program and a Christmas holiday box.

Secretary Treasurer Jeff Wade said he's proud of the milestones the Old News Boys have been able to reach. He said imagining the children on Christmas morning is what the program is all about.

"When I wake up on Christmas morning and I envision kids excited to open up their packages, kids that might not otherwise get anything at all on Christmas, it gives you a great feeling," Wade said.

Austin Eaton, 18, has been volunteering for nine years. He said it's a Christmas tradition that is important for young adults.

"It's important because you know you're helping people. There's always someone worse off than you. So it's good to help people that are in need because like we've been there before, everyone's been there at one point in their life I feel like," Eaton said.

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