Good Cheer Fund feeds local families


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A Center Grove area resident says Santa Claus doesn’t just wear a red suit.

On Saturday, Santa arrived at Jeannie Foster’s doorstep in the form of three Franklin residents carrying a box of milk, potatoes and the makings of Christmas dinner provided by the Good Cheer Fund.

Foster’s home is in foreclosure, and she has bills to pay for three children with special needs. Without the food, she said she wouldn’t have been able to afford a holiday meal for her family.

Johnson County Fraternal Order of Police volunteers delivered 225 boxes of food complete with canned goods, rolls and a Christmas ham to families’ homes in the northern part of the county Saturday. The Good Cheer Fund is an annual Johnson County tradition that dates back to 1921. Residents donate money, and schoolchildren bring in canned goods to fill baskets for 775 families in need. Volunteers deliver baskets in Franklin and rural parts of the county Christmas Eve.

Kenny Swint, operations manager for Johnson County Community Corrections, said the Greenwood volunteers delivered the same number of boxes as last year. But while the demand did not increase, the number of monetary and food donations the Good Cheer Fund received were down, he said.

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