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Local woman's giving idea: 12 months of Christmas

BY STEVE LEVIN The Bakersfield Californian
Sunday, Feb 01 2015 01:56 PM

It's Feb. 1 and all Marilyn Whipkey can think about is Christmas.

Maybe that's not completely fair.

It's Feb. 1 and all Marilyn Whipkey can think about is how to get more Christmas gifts to more needy kids.

That's why last month the Bakersfield resident started the Twelve Months of Christmas Program, with the idea of buying one gift a month for a year and then donating all 12 come December.

"The goal is to have the program and get gifts donated to the community no matter where they're donated," said the 57-year-old Whipkey, a mother of two grown sons.

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