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Christmas in a box

WATERLOO (KWWL) –  More than 500 families stood in line Saturday for a gift box from the Saint Vincent DePaul Christmas Program.

Each family received a box full of food, toys and coats.

The box included enough food for three meals.

The program is run on donations through local churches and other programs, such as "Toys for Tots".

"We're able to give out more toys to the families and for the children then we ever have before due to the generosity of the Cedar Valley," Saint Vincent DePaul coordinator Karen Buchanan said.

Saint Vincent DePaul's program has distributed these boxes for over four decades.

According to Buchanan, this winter the number of recipients is ten percent less than last year.

ONLINE PRODUCER: Jackie Manternach

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