Local community organizations partnered Saturday to throw a Christmas event for area children.

“A Community Christmas” at the Moss Rose Community Center featured food and music as well as pictures with Santa Claus for participating children. The children received presents, donated by a local church, and also could pick up warm winter clothes.

“We’re really happy with the turnout,” said Corey Ingram, CEO for the 13th Ghost Lifestyle Club. “We believe that every child should receive a new gift for Christmas.”

This isn’t the first time Ingram and the other members of the club organized a community event. In 2013, the group held an AIDS awareness event, participated in a back-to-school drive and hosted a Thanksgiving dinner at the center in November.

“We want to give back as much as we can,” Ingram said.

The club was just one of several organizations that partnered to bring the event to the center. Other groups included the ATL Sliders, LULAC-Herencia and the Texas State NAACP.

Janice Taylor, a resident services coordinator for the Killeen Housing Authority, said such local groups were an important part of helping the center provide services to the community.

“I depend almost solely on the resources of the community,” Taylor said.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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