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After Pandemic Forced Year Off, East Freedom Couple Again Reach Out to Needy


December 30, 2021

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Presents waiting to be distributed to 14 families take up most of John and Christy Lawler's living room.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to many holiday traditions last year, but for an East Freedom couple, it was more than a missed family gathering. It meant a forced year off from providing Christmas to needy families and an eagerness to get back to it this year.

For the past five years, John and Christy Lawler have tried to reduce holiday stress for some families by providing the ingredients for a full Christmas dinner as well as presents for children to open on Christmas morning.

John, a retired Pennsylvania state trooper, said he and his wife have always felt the call to help those less f...

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