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SUGARPLUM DREAMS: Santa finds kids at Family Crisis Center

Laura Patzner, right, along with Amanda Stevenson, left, sitting on toolbox, join Great Bend Regional Hospital employees who delivered a load of donated gifts to the Family Crisis Center on Thursday afternoon. The hospital delivered another load of gifts to the Center on Friday. GBRH employees co...

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Twenty-one years ago, Laura Patzner served as child advocate for the Family Crisis Center. A little boy’s world was in a state of upheaval during Christmas time. He asked Patzner, "How’s Santa going to know where I am now?" That question broke her heart. The idea behind "Operation Santa Cause" was born then, right there on the spot.

"We had made some effort before, but that’s when our purpose for this project became clear," explained Patzner, who now serves as the Center’s director. "Kids need to have that joy and surprise, especially in unsettling ...

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