Car Dealership Gives Back During the Holidays

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LEHIGHTON -- Folks at Lehighton Ford in Lehighton on Friday won't be driving off in a new car. They'll be walking away with much more: food to feed families in need this Christmas.

"We are just happy that we are able to get these to give them to those who can really use them during this time of year," said Fr. Mike Ahrnesfield, St. Peter and Paul.

For the last 16 years, the dealership has hosted a "Christmas Dinner Donation."

100 turkeys with fixings are handed out to local community churches; 10 churches in total this year.

"They are all in need and deserving and especially during this time of year, so that's why we want to be here," said Bill Klepeiss, Lehighton Ford General Manager.

"There is something about Christmas and having a meal together is part of the celebration. Whether it's a turkey or ham, or a tuna sandwich, I just think it's really important and anything we can do to provide that for families in need is critical," said Rebecca Cancelliere, All Saints Episcopal Church.

Church members picking up food tell us something as simple as picking up a turkey and a bag of potatoes can go a long way for many families here during the holidays.

Rebecca Cancelliere is the priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in Lehighton. She has several families to feed this holiday season, and she thinks this meal will brighten their holiday.

"I think that it's just important they know that there is hope in the world and in this time. It's what we promote that light will come in from the darkness and that there is hope," said Cancelliere.

"It gives them the opportunity to have a nice meal for Christmas," said Fr. Ahrnesfield.

And with another successful donation stuffed away, managers at the dealership are already looking forward to next year, hoping to give back for many years to come.

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