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Community gives back at Share Your Christmas

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Christmas may be two weeks away, but the holiday spirit is in full effect--especially here at 7News. On Saturday, your 7News team participated in "Share Your Christmas," a daylong event aimed to giving back to those in need in our community.

7News reporters and anchors stood outside a large truck Walmart on Sheridan Rd. gathering donation bags full of clothes, food and toys.

We partnered with Wal Mart and City National Bank and collected nearly a truck full of items that are now being sent to Lawton Food Bank and the Salvation Army. So far, one thousand- five hundred - sixty four pounds have been donated to the food bank alone.

Countless Lawton residents came out to share some Christmas cheer, bringing donations to our drop-off locations at the three Walmarts in town. 

Iron order motor cycle club member, Carnage has given to Lawton Food bank and Salvation Army for 4 years now and he says this year will be no different.

"We just like to give back to our community and help out all we can and whenever we can," said Carnage.

He and his bike club are not new to finding ways to help out those who are in need. Along with collecting money to buy food and clothing for Share your Christmas, they also held a coat drive last week. One of those coats were among the many other items donated in the truck to make a needy family's holiday complete. 

"Some people I mean they have nothing and to wake up on Christmas day with a smile on their face to know that somebody cared enough, someone that doesn't even know them cared enough to give that's what it's all about because if we don't take care of our community nobody else will," said Carnage.

Tracy Gatling says she too wanted to give back to her community. This was the first year her and her husband donated at Walmart but have given to shelters before. She says it takes a village... and hopes that one day if she may be in need she will have the support of those in her community

"It's just about taking care of each other. not only at Christmas time but all throughout the year," said Gatling. "Everybody needs something. everybody needs someone. so it's just a good thing to do and good thing to show my children that it's okay to give to others and not expect anything in return."

Joe Jackson says he jut hopes those that receive the donations will feel the holiday spirit, just as he has.

"I believe they will feel blessed." said Jackson."Also you know there's people out there that can't get things on their own. and I think this is a wonderful thing that the food bank and Walmart and channel 7News is doing."

Although we've wrapped up today you still have an opportunity to give. You can donate directly to Lawton Food Bank and the Salvation Army or online directly at Citi National Bank.

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