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Volunteers Help Shoppers With Disabilities

5:26 PM, Dec 6, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. - We're all in the middle of it...the never ending holiday "to do" list. In the cloud of busyness, if someone asks, what's Christmas all about? We say, "It's about giving." Even that's become cliché.

But, what happened on Thursday at the Four Seasons Towne Center was anything but a cliché. Hundreds of people with disabilities got partnered up with volunteers. The community volunteers helped the people with disabilities walk through the mall and find the perfect gifts for family and friends.

The shoppers had few words, but their smiles spoke for them.

"I have a disabled family member and it touched me. So, I figured, why not come out and help somebody shop and maybe change a life," volunteer Quincy Addison said.

Volunteer Aurelia Johnson added, "It's not just coming and grabbing a few things I need. I'm doing something for someone else."

Of course, there were pictures with Santa and holiday food, but the true gifts were new friends and great memories.

"I got a candle for my mom. For my dad, I got a water bottle. For my sister, I got pink socks. For my brother, I got a game of dominoes," shopper Zach McPherson said.

The Greensboro Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities sponsors the event. This is the 27th year.

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