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Today on News 7 at 5, a Giles County man is dead following a shooting accident this morning.
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Plus the Secretary of Defense makes a surprise trip to Baghdad.
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Will continue with the improving weather trend plus the latest on where Santa is right now. I'll have all the details.

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Also today, a former major league manager and Hokie baseball star has passed away in Richmond.
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A soldier from Bedford County gives his children a big Christmas surprise.
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Plus can chicken soup really help treat the flu? News 7 at 5 is next.
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Last minute shoppers flood area malls as retailers lure them in with big savings.
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((MARK YONCE: SOME THINGS ARE AS MUCH AS 60 AND 70 PERCENT OFF SO THERE IS AN ADVANTAGE TO COMING AT THE LAST MINUTE.))
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Good Evening, I'm Jennifer Wishon in for Shannon Young.

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Malls and Shopping Centers bustled with last minute buyers today, but for some retailers it won't be enough to boost sluggish sales.
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[SUPER=01-Mark Yonce/Holiday Shopper; : ]
[SUPER=01-Martha Duncan/B. Moss Assistant Manager; : ]
[SUPER=@Jennifer1; : ]
[SUPER=01-Julie Wheeler/Better Business Bureau President; : ]
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((QUICK NATS OF TRAIN PASSING BY.))
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The day before Christmas. One last chance to convince Santa you've been nice, while mom and dad comb stores for last minute buys.
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[SOT 11:24]
[IN Q=It's not nearly as crowded]

((MARK YONCE: IT'S NOT NEARLY AS CROWDED AS WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE. I GUESS A LOT OF PEOPLE DID THEIR SHOPPING EARLY BUT IT'S JUST A WONDERFUL TIME OF YEAR AND IT'S JUST GREAT TO GET OUT AND SEE ALL THE PEOPLE.))
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While smaller crowds mean less headaches for consumers, retailers would rather be busy. Stores offered big discounts in hopes of a last minute spending surge, but Wall Street isn't predicting stellar numbers. Some say cyber shopping is partly to blame.
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((MARTHA DUNCAN: I THINK THAT WITH THE BUSY SCHEDULES THAT PEOPLE HAVE TODAY THAT THEY'RE DOING A LOT OF THE INTERNET SHOPPING...[COVER BITE WITH LINES, ETC HERE] GET INTO THE HUSTLE BUSTLE OF THE TRAFFIC AND STANDING IN THE LONG LINES.))
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In fact, some shoppers have had it with holiday hassle and in the process of filing complaints.
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((JENNIFER WISHON/JWISHON@WDBJ7.COM: THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU USUALLY DOESN'T HEAR TOO MANY HOLIDAY SHOPPING RELATED COMPLAINTS UNTIL JANUARY, BUT HIS YEAR THE CALLS STARTED IN NOVEMBER AND OFFICIALS SAY MOST OF THEM HAD TO DO WITH CUSTOMER SERVICE.))
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((JULIE WHEELER: WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE UPSET ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE OR LACK OF CUSTOMER SERVICE. THEY DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY'RE BEING TREATED PROPERLY. IT'S TOUGH BECAUSE BUSINESSES ARE USING FEWER PEOPLE TO TRY TO DO MORE WORK SO THEY'RE PUSHED HARDER.))
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Wheeler says the frustration could continue after the holidays as people spend gift cards and return gifts.
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((JULIE WHEELER: HOPEFULLY BEFORE YOU MADE THE PURCHASE YOU FOUND OUT WHAT THE RETURN POLICY WAS FOR THE COMPANY BECAUSE EVERY COMPANY HAS A RIGHT TO SET THAT AND YOU WANT TO KNOW BEFORE HAND SO YOU'RE NOT SURPRISED AND DON'T JUST GET A MERCHANDISE CREDIT OR ARE NOT ABLE TO RETURN IT AT ALL.))
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Wheeler also recommends checking gift cards to see if they expire or lose value after a certain period of time.

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An accidental shooting left a man dead in Giles County today. Officials say the 31 year old was preparing for a hunting trip with his friend when his .50 caliber muzzle- loading gun when went off. Officials say the man was hit in the hand and head. Lifeguard ten airlifted the man to Roanoke Memorial where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

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A gas tanker has exploded in western Baghdad.
A hospital report says 12 people were wounded.
The explosion sent a fireball into the night sky.
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It happened just hours after Donald Rumsfeld left the Iraqi capital.
The Defense Secretary paid a surprise visit to several U.S. bases..
Drew Levinson reports.
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( IT WASN'T SANTA BRINGING HOLIDAY CHEER TO THE TROOPS IN

IRAQ...

( good grief, you mean you've been sitting here not eating?)


TRACK: ...IT WAS SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DONALD RUMSFELD...DECKED OUT IN AN APRON AND HAT TO SERVE FISH AND SHRIMP:

( TWO PLEASE! Two it is!)


TRACK: THE VISIT TO BASES IN TIKRIT, BAGHDAD, FALLUJAH AND MOSUL ....COMES AT A TOUGH TIME FOR RUMSFELD, WHO'S BEEN UNDER FIRE FOR HIS HANDLING OF THE WAR...AND PERCEIVED INSENSITIVITY TO THE TROOPS. BUT HE SAYS THE VISIT HAD BEEN PLANNED FOR A WHILE, AND KEPT SECRET FOR SECURITY REASONS.

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TRACK: THE SECRETARY STARTED HIS IRAQ TRIP IN MOSUL...WHERE A SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKED EARLIER THIS WEEK. THERE, A MORE SOMBER RUMSFELD TOLD SOLDIERS ...DESPITE THE VIOLENCE...THE COUNTRY CAN BE STABILIZED.

(SOT: Donald Rumsfeld/Secretary of Defense: There is no doubt in my mind

this is achievable.)
TRACK: BUT HE CAN'T SAY WHEN... AS HE TOLD SOLDIERS WHO WON'T BE COMING HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ...

(SOT: Rumsfeld: 13:04:20 it's xmas eve and I don't want to paint a

picture that's pretty b/c it's not pretty
STAND-UP: MANY DEMOCRATS HAVE CALLED FOR RUMSFELD'S RESIGNATION.. AND SEVERAL HIGH PROFILE REPUBLICANS HAVE CRITICIZED HIS PERFORMANCE PUBLICLY.. BUT PRESIDENT BUSH CONTINUES TO STAND BY HIS DEFENSE SECRETARY. DREW LEVINSON, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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A soldier returns home from Afghanistan and brings good news from over seas.
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Corporal Kevin Shelton has served in Afghanistan for the last six months. Last week Shelton surprised his oldest children at their elementary school with his return for the holidays. While home, Shelton says he will avoid watching the news just as he does over seas-- he says the army is taking perfect care of them and dismisses the rumors of a lack supplies for U-S soldiers.
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((KEVIN SHELTON:THERE TAKING CARE OF US REALLY WELL. WERE PRETTY WELL TAKEN CARE OF. EVERYONE'S TALKING ABOUT WE GET SHORT THIS SHORT THAT BUT I REALLY DON'T SEE IT.))
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[OUT Q=really don't see it.]
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Shelton plans on spending all his time at home with his family-- trying to break up the fights over who gets to sit on his lap. We'll have more on the return of Shelton and how he's spending his holidays coming up on News 7 at Six.
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Still to come on the newscast, the town of Blacksburg prepares to tackle some big projects in the New Year.
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Plus can a bowl of hot chicken soup help fight the flu? Some new research may surprise you.
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A young Russian soldier who was killed after he refused to renounce his faith has become a symbol of bravery for many.
As Beth Knobel reports, some believe he should be elevated to sainthood.
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((For thousands of russians, this is the face of faith--not a saint, but a simple army conscript killed for refusing to renounce his religion.
Private Yevgeny Rodionov was an ordinary teenager who dreamt of being a chef. When he turned 18 in 1995 he was drafted, and sent to Chechnya--where Russia was waging a vicious war against muslim rebels.
Rodioniov was captured by Chechen fighters, who told the devout young man to give up Christianity and convert to Islam. When Yevgeny refused, he was executed. It was his 19th birthday.
As the story of Rodionov's choice spread, people began to regard him as a kind of saint.
"Many soldiers now carry icons with his picture," says his mother, "I've been told even President Putin has one."
All kinds of believers, especially those in the military, now come to Rodionov's simple grave outside Moscow to pray to the saintly soldier and to ask for miracles.
BETH KNOBEL ON CAMERA, (Moscow) Though his fame is spreading, one organization hasn't been impressed--the Russian orthodox church. After studying his case, the Church refused to canonize Rodionov--dividing the clergy.
"He refused to take off his cross and died for his faith," says Father Dmitri, the church's military liaison. "Similar cases have led to canonization."
Saint or not, Yevgeny Rodionov remains a hero to many here--particular to Russia's beleaguered soldiers, who feel they now have a symbol of sacrifice...and of courage. BK, CBS News, Moscow.))

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Blacksburg's putting together a wishlist for next year.
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Town council is hoping to fund several projects including a new fire station for the South end of town. There's also talk of a new Dog Park and a new skateboard park for the kids. Council members also want to set aside 80-thousand dollars for a new land use study to help them manage the space still left in town.
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((ROGER HEDGEPETH: IT'S ONE OF OUR GOALS THAT WE ESTABLISHED IN AUGUST AND AS FAR AS THE FUTURE GOES. THAT'S SOMETHING WE'VE GOT TO TACKLE RATHER QUICKLY.))
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The town Council will hold a public hearing on the Capital Improvement Projects in mid January. It will vote on the plan January 22nd.
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A new sign in Central Virginia could help save lives.
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Lynchburg City law enforcement officers this week displayed a new "Project Lifesaver Community" sign. Project Lifesaver is an effort to keep track of people with illnesses like Autism, Alzheimer's and Downs Syndrome should they wander away.
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((DON SLOAN/LYNCHBURG SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT: IF THEY WANDER FROM THEIR CARE GIVER OR CARE FACILITY IF THEY'RE NOT FOUND WITHIN 24 HOURS THE MORTALITY RATE IS 50 PERCENT. SO THIS IS SERIOUS PROBLEM, A SERIOUS CONCERN THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR CITIZENS IN LYNCHBURG.))
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The new sign will also alert *visitors* with loved ones in Project Lifesaver to contact the sheriff's office. That way they're accounted for- should they wander away while staying in Lynchburg. The sign at the John Lynch Bridge is the first of it's kind in the country. Others are expected to go up in the future.
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For more information on Project Lifesaver contact the Lynchburg Sheriff's Office at 434-847-1301.

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For many of us tomorrow's dinner menu will likely include turkey, potatoes, stuffing and plenty of desserts. But you might want to add one more item to the list: chicken soup. For the millons of Americans who can't get a flu shot it's one of the best and oldest protections available. Doctor Sean Kenniff explains in today's Healthcheck.
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((IF YOU CAN'T GET A FLU SHOT THIS YEAR THERE ARE SOME EASY WAYS TO PROTECT YOURSELF. WASHING YOUR HANDS REGULARLY.... DRINKING PLENTY OF ORANGE JUICE.... AND GETTING A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP CAN HELP. BUT NEW RESEARCH SHOWS ONE OF THE BEST HOMEMADE METHODS IS ALSO ONE OF THE OLDEST... CHICKEN SOUP.

(SOT-Dr. Elena Valor/Kendall Regional Medical Center)

"I love chicken soup, and I actually recommend it to all of my patients."
FOR ONE THING, THE STEAM HELPS BREAK UP SECRETIONS AND CLEAR NASAL PASSAGES.

(SOT-Claudia Gonzalez/Nutritionist)

"Everything that is hot is gonna help you feel better. But the good thing about chicken soup is that it has so many nutrients, so many vegetables, so many things that are good for you."
AND THAT'S NOT ALL.

(SOT-Dr. Elena Valor/Kendall Regional Medical Center)

"Chicken has an amino acid that has an anti-inflammatory effect."
SO SYMPTOM RELIEF CAN BE FOUND IN JUST ABOUT ANY CAN.

(STANDUP: Dr. Sean Kenniff/CBS NEWS)

BUT HOMEMADE APPEARS TO BE THE HEALTHIEST AND NOT ANY OLD RECIPE WILL DO. A RECIPE STUDIED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA APPEARS TO BE THE BEST FLU FIGHTER.... AND IT STARTS WITH PICKING UP A FIVE POUND CHICKEN.
(SOT- Kenniff) THREE LARGE ONIONS.
(SOT-Kenniff) ABOUT A DOZEN CARROTS.
(SOT-Kenniff) AND SIX CELERY STALKS.



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THE RECIPE WAS DEVELOPED BY A LITHUANIAN GRANDMOTHER AND RECENT STUDIES SHOW IT DRAMATICALLY REDUCED INFLAMMATION IN THE AIRWAYS, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME--BOOSTED THE BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT INFLUENZA. SOME SAY IT'S THE PERFECT POT OF POTENT POULTRY.

(SOT-Dr. Elena Valor/Kendall Regional Medical Center)

"During the holiday season, the grandmother used to make lots of chicken soup, and they notcied during that time of the year, there was a lot less flu symptoms than the times when the soup was not being consumed."
SO THE BEST FLU ADVICE THIS YEAR MAY BE TO REST UP, WASH UP, DRINK UP--AND START UP THE STOVETOP. DOCTOR SEAN KENNIFF, CBS NEWS.))
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You can find this recipe for Chicken Soup on our website at WDBJ7-dot-com. Look on the Healthcheck section.

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After the break, Leo will have our forecast for Christmas Day.
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[VO] Also we'll tell you how the weather is making it difficult for many people to get home for the holiday.
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The winter weather has certainly become the grinch who's tried to steal Christmas. Freezing temperatures continue to cause chaos in many parts of the nation. Scott Rapoport has more.
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(nats) Location: Cincinnati

THE DREAM OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS TURNED INTO A NIGHTMARE FOR TRAVELERS IN THE NATION'S MIDSECTION. RECORD AMOUNTS OF SNOW ON THE GROUND AND FREEZING TEMPERATURES CONTINUE TO CAUSE PROBLEMS.

(nats)

FROM THE GREAT LAKES TO THE SOUTH... MANY CLOSED ROADS ARE BACK OPEN - BUT REMAIN ICY AND TREACHEROUS. IN ONE PART OF DETROIT DRIVERS FACED A DIFFERENT CHALLENGE - WATER. A WATER MAIN BREAK FLOODED STREETS - LITERALLY FREEZING CARS TO GROUND.

(nats)

IN SEVERAL PARTS OF OHIO TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ARE POWERLESS. FROZEN AND BROKEN TREE LIMBS BROUGHT DOWN POWERLINES... WHICH MEANS NO HEAT IN THE MIDST OF BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES.

(nats)(philly)

AT THE NATION'S AIRPORTS THE LONG AND CROWDED LINES ARE MOVING.... BUT NOT ALL IS WELL. PROBLEMS IN PHILLY LED TO A GIANT BACK-LOG OF BAGGAGE...
philly (MOS) "I'm not a swearing woman, but it's really frustrating." :05
STILL... FLIGHTS ARE COMING AND GOING. WHICH MEANS PEOPLE FORCED TO SLEEP IN THE TERMINAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT...SHOULD BE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

(STANDUP: Scott Rapoport/CBS NEWS/New York, NY)

THE WEATHER'S IMPACT IS NOT ONLY ON PEOPLE BUT ON PACKAGES AND PRESENTS AS WELL. WILL THESE GUYS MAKE IT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS?.

(SOT-phone message)

"severe weather in parts of the united states has severely effected the UPS network" :04
U-P-S, FEDEX AND D-H-L ALL SAY THEY ARE EXPERIENCING DELAYS. SOME PACKAGES SET TO ARRIVE ON CHRISTMAS EVE MAY NOT GET THERE UNTIL MONDAY. EMPLOYEES ARE NOW VOLUNTEERING TO WORK ON THE HOLIDAY TO, HOPEFULLY, GET THE PRESENTS DELIVERED IN TIME.

(SOT-Kevin Williams/FedEx Courier)

"It's almost like being Santa Claus. Almost, (laughs)." :04
A TOUCH OF WARMTH...AMIDST WINTER'S BRUTAL CHILL. SCOTT RAPOPORT, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.))

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Coming up next on the newscast,
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Mike Stevens will look back at the life of Johnny Oates, who died today at the age of 58.
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Good evening evening everybody. As is often the case around the Holiday season, families and individuals have to deal with tragedy, sickness and even death. The baseball world throughout this state and in many parts of the nation is doing just that on this Christmas Eve.
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Johnny Oates died this morning around 2am near his home in Richmond. The former Hokie, who later went on to play in the big leagues for 11 seasons and later manage both the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers, died from complications of a brain tumor. The tumor was removed in surgery in November of 2001, and a wafer that delivered time-released chemotherapy was put in its place. Oates was well enough to attend this ceremony in Blacksburg in May of 2002, where he became the first Tech baseball player to have his jersey number retired. But the tumor returned less than a year later in April of 2003. During his college days, Oates was a roommate of Frank Beamer's at Tech, and in 1966 - he batted .410 as a catcher for the Hokies.
Those stats earned Oates a place in both the Tech and Salem-Roanoke baseball hall of fames. Oates was born on Monday, January 21, 1946 in Sylva, North Carolina and he began his Major League baseball playing career in 1970, with the Baltimore Orioles, and he played for 5 different teams. Johnny Oates was 58 years old.
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The Associated Press handed out a coveted Christmas present tonight and the man who received it is Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville.
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The coach led Auburn to a 12-and-0 season and the school's first S-E-C championship in 15 years. He received 35 votes to outdistance runner-up Urban Meyer who got 14 votes. The award is sweet redemption for Tuberville who has gone from being the victim of an aborted coup by his own school president to the top of the coaching ladder in less than a year. Auburn, of course next plays Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl January 3rd. Frank Beamer did not receive any of the 64 ballots cast nationwide.
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The Holiday Hoopla Tournament is not the only option for those looking for a post Christmas cure for their basketball Jones. Billy Pope and Northside will host the Northside Invitational for the 6th consecutive year, starting on Tuesday with 8 local teams.
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Folks I'll see you back here at the top of the hour. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Jen will be back to wrap up News 7 at Five in just a moment. [GO TO BREAK]

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A group in Christiansburg started its Christmas celebration a day early today.
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The Family Food Kitchen event, held at the National Guard Armory in Christiansburg, had something for everyone. The gymnasium was full of children making Christmas cards, dancing, and plenty of food to fill up on, but event organizer Alicia King says the people aren't there just for a good meal.
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((ALICIA KING:THE THING IS PEOPLE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL NOT TAKE HANDOUTS BUT THEY'RE HURTING HERE AND THEY JUST NEED SOMETHING TO MAKE THE HOLIDAY HAPPY.))
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[OUT Q=make the holiday happy.]
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King's non-profit organization "Well Rounded Incorporated" hosted today's event and gathered the volunteers needed to run the program. Around midnight the volunteers hope to anonymously deliver bags of presents to some needy families in Christiansburg.


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