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Clay County residents have created a movement called "Christmas in a Box: Pay It Forward" to help those less fortunate

5:53 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- A Clay County mom on a mission to teach her kids to "pay it forward" is, with the help of a lot of volunteers, helping make Christmas brighter for more than 60 families.

Dori Marsh's family is among the recipients. She told her nine-year-old daughter Virginia and seven-year-old granddaughter Hayley a surprise was coming Saturday, but they had no idea what to expect.

Then Santa and his helpers rolled up to their Clay County home, opened a horse trailer converted into a sleigh and delivered a huge box of gifts.

"It means a lot for the people to come here for them. For people to do this for them," Marsh said.

Marsh teared up talking about the kindness of strangers. Without the gifts delivered Saturday she said her girls otherwise would likely have nothing to open Christmas morning.

"We don't really have the money for them...so for them to get presents is everything for them," Marsh said.

Marsh's house is the first of more than 20 stops Casey Hayes and her crew will make this weekend. She got the names of children in need from local schools and churches.

"My children got fortunate enough to have a gift paid forward to them so we decided in the beginning we wanted to pay it forward to five additional kids with the help of some friends and it's turned into 69. We raised $3,007 in five weeks through friends and customers at my job," said Hayes.

As for Marsh and her family she said they have already helped children overseas this Christmas with what little they could give and will continue to pay it forward.

"We don't have much, but you should try to help somebody," said Marsh.

Hayes plans to make this an annual tradition. You can find out more about what she plans to do from here by visiting a Facebook page she has created called Christmas in a Box: Pay it Forward.

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