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Notes: Santa visits local nonprofit event and distributes gifts to Alexandria kids

Good Tuesday morning, Alexandria!

☀️ Today’s weather: Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 41 and a breezy northwest wind ranging from 14 to 22 mph, gusting up to 37 mph. The night will be clear, with temperatures dropping to around 27 and the northwest wind easing to 6 to 10 mph.

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Debra D. Smith Foundation’s Breakfast with Santa event (courtesy photo)

Two hundred children and their parents were served breakfast, met Santa, and got gifts from a local nonprofit last week.

The Debra D. Smith Foundation honors a local woman who died of colon cancer in 2017. The nonprofit is run by Smith’s son, Elijah Griffin, and his wife Michele.

The Foundation raises money for scholarships for local seniors and runs the annual Breakfast with Santa.

“We really appreciate all those who contributed with their time and donations to help us put on such a successful event,” Elijah Griffin wrote on Facebook. “Thank you to the Departmental Progressive Club for hosting this event.”

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