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Operation Santa 2010

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By Stephen Thomas

 HILLVIEW - Another year of teamwork led to a successful Operation Santa program in Hillview.

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Mayor Jim Eadens said 410 meal boxes were distributed to needy households in the city and surrounding areas.

A change in tradition was this year’s main course, a couple of pre-cooked four-pound hams.

The dinner boxes were filled with two cans each of green beans, peas and corn, along with apples, onions and a five-pound bag of potatoes.

Boxes included peanut butter and jelly, crackers, margarine, cookies, and two boxes of mac and cheese.

Interstate Brands, featuring the Butternut label, donated loaves of bread.

A pair of two-liters, cake mix and icing and a can of cranberry sauce rounded out the donation.

The North Bullitt JROTC Program collected more than 2,500 canned goods for distribution. JROTC representatives and students from Micah Christian Academy helped fill boxes and load onto vehicles.

Along with meals, toys were donated to various households, many collected at area schools by Hillview Police officers. Participating schools include Overdale, Maryville, Freedom and Brooks Elementary.

“We got a lot of help from a lot of good groups,” Eadens said.