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Local VA and MTS employees brighten the holidays for needy families

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LA JOLLA (CNS) - Employees of the Veterans Affairs and Metropolitan Transit System brightened the holiday season Wednesday for needy families.

VA workers packed 425 boxes with food and toys for needy veterans and their families around San Diego County for their 23rd annual "Care & Share" drive.

The contents of the boxes were customized to fit the needs of recipient families, and included items like canned and boxed foods, gift certificates for turkeys, perishable foods and toys for children.

The VA's Cindy Butler said many veterans would not have a holiday meal if it weren't for the boxes.

The employees raised money for the event with bake sales, conducted a food drive and received gifts from vendors.

The boxes will be delivered on Thursday.

Workers with the MTS, which runs the trolleys and buses, delivered bicycles and helmets to all 86 first-grade students at Logan Elementary School.

The MTS employees have made similar donations to schools for six years.

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