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POW/MIA Riders bring gifts to Ronald McDonald House

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Dozens of families will spend Christmas away from home this year while their children receive medical treatment in Rochester, but the local VFW post, POW/MIA riders and area Marines are trying to make the holiday a little brighter for families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House.

Monday evening they played Santa a little early and stopped to deliver a teddy bear to every family staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Organizers say it's to brighten the day for families who are fighting illnesses and to teach a new generation of kids about POW/MIA military members.

"There are so many families that aren't home for Christmas and their children are ill and might not be able to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones, so it's just bringing them a little joy," said Kay Swenson a Blue Star Mom.

"Things like this just brighten their day, and they forget why they are here," said Katie Arnott of the Ronald McDonald House. "This house has so much magic and it's because of things like that."

Right now the Ronald McDonald House is completely filled, and there are families on a wait list for a space.

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