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Giving back to bring Christmas to Dickinson area children

Albert Diem, 7, Dickinson, does his part to help unload a trailer full of donated presents at The Dickinson Press building Tuesday morning.

Two Dickinson companies partnered together in donating a trailer filled with toys for area children this Christmas.

"This will help families in our program who are having tough times this year," said Early Head Start home visitor Nancy Keller. "This is going to make Christmas for the children."

Five Diamond Industrial Park and Wadsworth Brothers Construction unloaded the toys at The Dickinson Press on Tuesday for distribution through area service providers.

"Last year, we donated Toys for Tots and we're keeping that tradition alive," said Five Diamond Industrial Park partner Brian Hymel. "We typically help communities in which we serve."

The toys were handpicked by children and their families in Salt Lake City, Utah, and shipped to Dickinson.

"We believe there are a lot of good things going on in the community, but there are still people who need help," Hymel said.

Wadsworth Bros. commercial construction project manager Kevin Abernethy said the company believes it is important to give back to the community.

"We felt honored and very blessed to give to the communities that we work in," Abernethy said.

The truck was filled with bicycles, sleds, rocking horses, games, blocks, Hot Wheels, books, kites, popcorn poppers and Barbie collections.

"It's overwhelming -- I haven't seen this many toys for children in one place in my life," said Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center director Darianne Johnson. "These are toys most families could never ever dream of getting for their kids."

"It's going to be Christmas," said Salvation Army field representative Cheryl Petterson. "A lot of kids in domestic violence shelters in my area hadn't gotten anything."

"This is absolutely overwhelming," Dorcas Society member Gail Ebeltoft added, "the generosity of someone who has done well in the area that contributes back to the community."