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Utahns raise funds to make ‘Christmas 4 Families’

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Posted at 7:41 PM, Dec 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-07 23:57:30-05

SANDY, Utah -- For five years, one charity has worked to go above and beyond for struggling Utah families in order to bring them a memorable Christmas.

It all started when Danny Thompson passed a man holding a sign on the side of the road that stated: "anything helps".

Thompson got an idea and stopped to talk to the man.

Thompson said the man told him: “'Well, I lost my job. I've been struggling for a while. I have three kids at home.'

So Thompson said, "Well you know what, what if we bought you Christmas?"

Thompson figured it would be boring for the families if he was the one to deliver the presents, so the Friday before Christmas, Santa comes to bring the presents to single parents or families who've lost their jobs.

During their first year, Christmas 4 Families helped four families, but the numbers have grown a lot in the five years since they began.

"This year we're doing 15 to 20 families, we've done 83 families so far,” Tony Toscano said. “It is a great charity to be a part of."

The charity held a fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings Sunday. The restaurant donated 10 percent of the day’s sales to the cause. For more information about Christmas 4 Families, click here.