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Christmas wish program taking applications

And, Tiny Tim has grown. It started out giving away winter coats. Now each child gets six pair of socks, six sets of underwear, a jacket, ski pants, boots, clothing and toys.

In 2009 year Tiny Tim served 73 families and 170 children. The record is 204 children served several years ago.

It costs more than $6,000 a year to operate the Tiny Tim program, Gibbs said.

The confidential program decides who gets holiday help using the school's free and reduced lunch income guidelines, Gibbs explained. Parents must complete applications. That application includes questions about the children in the homes, such as clothing sizes and gender. Last year only two applications were rejected.

The Tiny Tim Christmas Wish program only has four permanent members. Gibbs handles the paperwork. Stephanie Backus organizes the collection and distribution of gifts. Pat and David Cornell do the fund raising.

Also helping are a host of community organizations, businesses and individuals who contribute to the program.

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