Volunteers brighten holiday for children

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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Thousands of children living in poverty will have at least one item under the Christmas tree this year, thanks to a generous Utah group.

Clinica Hispana and the Hispano Latino Rotary Club teamed up to help hardworking families put something under the tree.

Dr. Cesar Diaz, president of the Hispano Latino Rotary Club, said, "What they received over here from us, that is the only thing that their children will have for Christmas."

About 2,500 children in need picked out their Christmas gifts Saturday at Carriage Square (4122 S. 1785 West) in West Valley City.

Dr. Diaz said, "A lot of these families that we try to help, at least one of the parents is unemployed. The other one who's working will be making minimum wage. With that amount, they will try to survive with two, three or four children and a spouse. So, it's tough. It's difficult."

With a little help from volunteers and Santa, the holidays now are a little happier for these families.

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