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Making a Difference: Holiday food giveaway helps hundreds of families

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New Port Richey, Florida -- Car, after car, after car, lined Ridge Road in New Port Richey this morning. The families inside were willing to wait hours for ham, potatoes, green vegetables and more.

An assembly line of volunteers loaded cars with bag after bag.

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"I got a family of five and I've got more family coming in for Christmas and we're going to have a lot of food," said Paulette Dorner, leaning out her car window. "I'm so grateful. Oh my God!"

One of the volunteers, barely big enough to lift a ham, was 6-year-old Luke Corcoran. Wearing a huge cowboy hat he handed out the meat with a "Merry Christmas" and about the only thing bigger than his hat -- is his heart. 

"I hope God blesses them on this Christmas," he says picking up another bag.

And while people are thankful for the food, along the way spirits are nourished too. And even someone named Christmas Carlson needed a bit of a boost and a ham did the trick. 

"Yes, a Christmas ham. That's just tradition -- it has to be a ham," she said excitedly with a large ham in her lap.

This is the 18th year for this food giveaway and it gets bigger every year. Local politicians, the group Farm Share and numerous other groups are involved. They donate money, food and time.

"Hopefully we'll climb out of the difficult economic times, but it's obviously affecting people and the crowds get bigger," said Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Land O' Lakes.

Cars left Redeemer Community Church weighted down with food, but for some 550 families, the weight of worry was lifted.

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