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PONTIAC CHRISTMAS BASKET COMMITTEE PLAYS SANTA FOR THIRTY YEARS

 PONTIAC, Mich., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Concern for the community is nothing new for General Motors employees at Pontiac Plaza, at the corner of Montcalm and Joslyn in Pontiac. For thirty years the Pontiac Christmas Basket Committee has been Santa Claus to many who need a helping hand during the holidays. To some of the local families and senior citizens, it's all the Christmas they'll enjoy. For Pontiac Division, Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and Automotive Components Group (ACG) employees at Pontiac Plaza, the delivery of food and gift baskets is often the most meaningful of Christmas endeavors.
 The effort required to deliver 200 fifty-pound food baskets and accompanying gift baskets begins long before the delivery day, set for Thursday, December 17. To offset the cost of this charitable endeavor, fund-raisers such as spaghetti dinners, lunchtime picnics and raffles are held, cash donations are solicited and gifts are purchased at seasonal discounts.
 As the delivery day nears, the Pontiac branch of the Salvation Army compiles a list of recipients. Each gift basket is prepared with the specific family or senior citizen in mind, selecting items such as gloves, scarves, toys, personal care items and blankets in sizes and quantities tailored to each.
 Food baskets are packed ahead of time by Atlas Foodland on Walton Boulevard. For the past several years Atlas has employed a late night shift to pack the food baskets for a complete Christmas dinner.
 GM teams will assemble Thursday morning to load the trucks with the food, gift and personal care baskets and begin the deliveries. Each delivery will include a visit by Santa Claus, who will lead the team and the recipients singing Christmas carols.
 Describing the activity, volunteer and Pontiac Division Personnel Director Kirk Hobolth said, "Given the current economy, our help can make a real difference to many area families and senior citizens. But at the same time, our challenge in 1992 is greater than previous years because our resources have been reduced, too." He added, "We've been at this for thirty years, we have it down to a science, but each year represents a new twist ... a new challenge."
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 /CONTACT: Celeste Speier of Pontiac, 313-857-1570/


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