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Community comes together to make Christmas special for families in need

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By Kacie Goode

From first responders to churches, businesses and volunteers, the Bardstown and Nelson County Community has come together in many ways this year to help those in need. Standing outside of Liberty Tax Service Friday morning, a recipient was joyful as she watched the firefighters load gifts into the trunk of her car. Members of the Bardstown Professional Firefighters Local 5095 spent part of their morning at the business on North Third, where they met with a mother in need to make Christmas special.

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Firefighter Justin Brown said the group got together to sponsor the family by shopping for them, and with the help of the firefighters, the young family received toys, clothing and groceries.

“All together, we were right around $800,” Brown said. He said the charitable efforts serve as a sort of friendly competition among area fire departments with the focus of giving back to others. “It’s been a really good thing,” he said.

The delivery was only part of how the community has shown support for families in the need this holiday season. Continuing a tradition for Liberty Tax Service, donations from community individuals, businesses and organizations also helped make Christmas special for 23 local families including toys, clothing, food, medical needs and utility assistance. New Hope firefighters were at the business on Friday morning dropping off a large donation for the efforts, adding to the dozens of items and monetary gifts the program had received. With more than 18 families helped last year, the Christmas program has more than exceeded expectations. This year’s items were delivered to waiting families this weekend.