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December 11, 2014

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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-25 A section of the Mason County Journal Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, !iiiiiiiiiiiiii i~i!iiiiii!~i!i iii~iiii~iiii~:iii~iii~i~i~iiii~ii~i!iiiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiii~iiiiiiiii iiiiii!~iii~i!iiii~ii!ii~!i!i~iiii~i~i~ Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor Kaiden Lauzon, 1, and Izzabella Lauzon, 2, wear Santa hats Sunday while watching the annual Belfair Queen. The North Mason Community Celebration Committee organized and sponsored the event. Herald photo by Shawna Whelan Christmas Parade near the Dairy Santa Claus' arrival sparks excitement among children. Jacque Hamilton sings while Michael Pratt plays guitar in front of a large crowd after the parade. 6roup (ollects gifts, organizes annual pamde By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, com Community organizations in north Mason County have again come together to bring Christmas to almost 400 area children. The North Mason Community Cel- ebration Committee, made up of orga- nizations including the North Mason Lions Club, the North Mason Rotary Club, the Coalition of Churches and Community, North Mason Kiwanis, the Boys & Girls Club, and Kitsap Credit Union, will distribute ~ and food collected at an event Dec. 20 near the Dairy Queen parking lot. The group also organized the annual Belfair Christmas Parade, which took place Sunday on North- east Old Clifton Road. "We are so fortunate to have that working relationship with all these groups," said group co-chair Katie Hopkins of Kitsap Credit UniorL "For many people, it's an annual tra- dition in their homes." Jornad Rollad, 11, holds her flute and stays warm before the parade. Hopkins said about 140 families signed up for this year's giving tree program. The program collected gifts for 396 children in those families, a 20 percent increase over last year. Some area busi- nesses still have giving trees that have unclaimed tags. Gifts will be accepted through this weekend. Hopkins said 63 families will also receive free Christmas trees Alpine Evergreen Co. in Bremerton donated.