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Great Plains Improvement Foundation delivers food and gifts to families in Lawton

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Today workers from the Great Plains Improvement Foundation Center volunteered their time, in an effort to make Christmas brighter for seven families. 

This morning workers started preparing food boxes and wrapping gifts for families in transitional homes in Lawton, that may be facing hardships or just need a little help during the holidays. This afternoon they delivered those items.

Each family got a turkey, ham, cake and other holiday trimmings for their Christmas dinner. Four of the families also got toys, clothes, and stuffed animals for their kids. All of the items were donated to the Great Plains Improvement Center.

"A bunch of excited!", said Isabel Abbe.

Little Isabel and her two brothers couldn't contain their excitement when they saw workers from the Great Plains Improvement Foundation Center bringing food and toys to their home.

Their mom, Kristin Abbe,  said she was thrilled, and despite some of the challenges she has faced this past year, she says this will make Christmas so much better for her kids.

"It means the world to me, really having my kids happy makes me very happy. We have been very blessed this year", said Abbe.

The Abbe family said they're thankful for the food and clothing..and the children especially love the toys. Steven Abbe says he can't wait to play with is favorite one, football.

"When you hit it lights up!", said Abbe.

But the Abbe's weren't the only family receiving gifts. Workers made deliveries to 6 other homes across Lawton. 

Matt Hendry said without the Great Plains improvement foundation he wouldn't have a Christmas dinner. He was extremely thankful when they showed up to his home. 

"I can't thank them enough, they have helped me through some hard times", said Hendry.

Executive Director of the Great Plains Improvement foundation Virginia Spencer said giving back to others makes her happy. 

"I have been here for 30 years and it is a very gratifying satisfying job that we do to help people who are less fortunate than the rest of us are", said Spencer.  

Spencer said, helping others is especially meaningful because she speaks from personal experience.

"It means a lot to me i grew up and I can remember some Christmas's that I didn't have anything, so I know how it feels for a child not to have a gift on Christmas", said Spencer.

The Great Plains Improvement Foundation Center also received monetary donations which paid for some of the toys and other gifts. Spencer said without the donations this event would not be possible. 

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