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Tuesday, Dec 24 2013 02:53 PM

Hens Roost leads local Christmas Eve meal, giveaway

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    During the second annual Project Christmas Eve in Central Park early Tuesday, 6-year-old LaFrance Fortune walks away with a nice meal and hot drink. He came to the park with his grandparents. Volunteers with Hens Roost, which runs the Haggin Oaks and Brimhall farmers markets, served about 200 people and gave away blankets, jackets and hygiene kits donated by local merchants.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    LaFrance Fortune, 6, enjoys a hot drink Tuesday morning during the second annual Project Christmas Eve. Hens Roost members, who run the Haggin Oaks and Brimhall farmers markets, provided food for about 200 people and collaborated with local businesses that donated coats, blankets and toiletries. Fortune was there with his grandparents.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Central Park was the spot to be Christmas Eve morning for a hot meal, blankets and a warm jacket. The effort was led by Hens Roost, which runs the Haggin Oaks and Brimhall farmers markets. Local businesses donated coats, blankets and toiletries which were given away.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Jaclyn Allen, with Hens Roost, serves up some hot soup Tuesday morning during the 2nd annual Project Christmas Eve at Central Park.

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    By Casey Christie / The Californian

    Christmas Eve morning volunteers provided meals cooked from locally grown food for about 200 people at Central Park during the second annual Project Christmas Eve.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

On Christmas Eve morning, for the second year in a row, there were food, coats, blankets and toiletries available at Central Park for the hungry and disadvantaged.

Tuesday morning, Jaclyn Allen and other members of the Hens Roost, which runs the Brimhall and Haggin Oaks farmers markets, fed about 200 people hot soup, beverages and other foods gathered from local farmers and prepared by volunteers.

Allen called it "Project Christmas Eve."

"It's a Farmer's Market Christmas," she said.

In addition to Hens Roost, several local businesses helped acquire the blankets, coats and toiletries that were given away.

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