MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Desiree Rose, a mom of three from Dover, had a tough year.
"Me and their father had split," Rose said.
Formerly a homemaker but now a single mom, Rose had to get a job to support her kids. Then, she received another blow.
Neck injuries from the accident now keep her from working, and she`ll need surgery for them in January.
"Like I said, it`s hard," Rose said, beginning to tear up.
Each family ate a hot meal and took home a full turkey dinner for Christmas, the event made possible by six local construction companies: J.Z. Construction Services, Keep It Simple Home Improvements, Buchmyers Construction , Dallastown Roofing & Contracting BKH Remodeling, and Sidesinger Home Improvements.
"It means that people do care," said organizer Jamie Zortman of J.Z. Construction Services. "Life goes on that isn`t just around your family. We`re going to make these people`s lives for Christmas. That`s what`s wonderful."
Santa Claus was there to grant Christmas wishes, including a full bag of presents for each kid.
"It took a lot of the stress off of me that I know my kids will at least have something," said Rose.
Organizers said they want to make this an annual event, and they`re hoping next year they can help even more families.
"Everybody pulled together," Zortman said. "It`s what happens when the community comes together. And we did a great job."
The 10 families hauled their bags of presents to the car unopened. That way they can open them at home, as a family, on Christmas Day.