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OCEAN CITY - 60 deserving children and adults celebrated Christmas a little early this year.
On Monday, Trinity Episcopal Church in Moorestown, hosted "Christmas in July" for underprivileged families in the community.
The event included breakfast, a bus trip to Ocean City, dinner, and of course a visit from old Saint Nick.
Although this initiative started out at the church as a dream to help those in need, the occasion wouldn't be right without a little Christmas spirit.
"A lot of them live on very low salaries, a lot of low wages or no income. And they've not been able to have a holiday in years because they can't afford it. They're never seen-- we have a whole bunch of people who've never seen the jersey shore, and so they are excited, they are enthusiastic. They are just jumping for joy. The kids are looking forward to going in the water, and building sand castles, and having a great time at the jersey shore," said Father Henti Elek, Interim Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church.
When this idea was first thought of, their goal was to raise $10,000 dollars but surprisingly they raised $27,000 dollars.
The church also assists with its community's needs all year-round.