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2004-01-07 communities
Remembering the reason for the season
LOUISA Each year, the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), a non-profit, interdenominational service organization that seeks to help the people of Appalachia help themselves, conducts the annual Christmas basket distribution in Lawrence and other Eastern Kentucky counties.

The distribution is sponsored by Outreach, a program that offers emergency assistance as well as long-term help in obtaining an education or specific trade. The program's mission is to assist families and individuals to become self-sufficient and maintain stability.

This year, 45 families benefited from the distribution, which was held at the St. Jude Church on Thursday, Dec. 11. While the distribution of gifts remains a large part of the event, it is also held in honor of the birth of Christ the real reason for the season. In keeping with this focus, a birthday party was held, complete with noisemakers, a birthday cake, and a heartwarming rendition of "Happy Birthday to Jesus."

Outreach is a program of the Christian Appalachian Project. For more information on CAP or its programs, call toll free 1-800-955-3470.

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