December 23, 2009 in City
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Shannon Dewey, left, and Carl Washington load gifts and food bought by the Veterans Adminstration hospital staff Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 outside the hospital. More than a dozen families were “adopted” by the VA hospital staff, who delivered the gifts and food throughout the day Wednesday.

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Douglas Fender, left, and other members of the Veterans Adminstration hospital staff transport gifts and food for the holidays Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 into the St. Vincent de Paul transitional housing center in Coeur d’Alene. Two families at the center were part of more than a dozen families “adopted” by the VA hospital staff, who delivered gifts and food for the holidays.

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Amanda Simshauser, 9, holds her first gift from the Veterans Adminstration hospital staff Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at the St. Vincent de Paul transitional housing center in Coeur d’Alene while her father, Shaun Simshauser and mother Deanne look on. The Simshausers was one of more than a dozen families “adopted” by the VA hospital staff, who brought gifts and food for the holidays.

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Victor Avery, 3, hugs his first gift as gifts from the Veterans Adminstration hospital staff are handed out Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at the St. Vincent de Paul transitional housing center in Coeur d’Alene. Victor’s family was one of more than a dozen families “adopted” by the VA hospital staff, who delivered gifts and food for the holidays.