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Published December 22, 2012, 07:06 PM

The Go Far Christmas charity helps local families in need of gifts

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The season will be much brighter for eleven homeless families spending the holidays in shelters.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The season will be much brighter for eleven homeless families spending the holidays in shelters.

That's thanks to Fargo Marathon's 4th annual GO Far Christmas charity. It brought in donations to buy gifts for children who may not have had something to open this year.

The perfect gift and some pretty paper, mark the finishing touches for this year's Go Far Christmas charity.

Elena VonBank/volunteer: "I'm helping wrap presents for kids who don't have homes"

She's one of several volunteers who spent the morning wrapping presents, with the hope that each kid, like her, will have one to open Christmas morning.

Todd Yackley/Volunteer: "they're in tough situations, and sometimes they're temporary, but to know that through everything, and through all the tough times, we can still put a smile on they're face and give them something to believe in"

Mark Knutson/Go Far Charity Organizer: "you can't fix the world completely but if we can fix little pockets here or there, maybe help them out, that'd be great."

Mark Knutson and his wife started the charity four years ago. This year raising roughly 7-thousand dollars with help from the community.

And today taking gifts to Churches United for families like that of Rosa Rodriguez, who did not want to go on camera.

Rosa Rodriguez/gift recipient: "It's very wonderful and they are God's people for doing that. It's amazing."

Making this holiday one to remember for her five children and showing them what the true meaning of Christmas is all about.

Rodriguez: "it's unexplainable. I'm just glad that they're getting it. I feel better as a mom."

VonBank: "I hope they feel joy and I hope they feel a Merry Christmas."

The shelter will distribute the gifts on Christmas.

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