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Covid restrictions prevent annual Christmas party for foster children in Malheur County but local residents can still help

Area residents can help out more than 250 local foster children receive a Christmas gift this year by participating in a wish list program sponsored by the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Malheur County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – At Christmastime in recent years, the Ontario Elks Lodge has opened its doors and invited local foster children and parents to a holiday party and dinner complete with a visit from Santa and plenty of presents.

Covid restrictions halted that tradition this year but area residents can still help deliver a little Christmas joy to the more than 200 foster kids in Malheur County.

The Oregon Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the Malheur County Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, is offering Christmas wish lists to residents interested in buying . . .