Children and teens were invited to write a brief "Helping Hands" letter or e-mail a note about someone in their community who could use a financial boost during the winter holidays.

Helping Hands coordinators chose 10 letters and awarded $200 grants to help carry out the writers' plans to aid a classmate, friend, neighbor or other community member.

The Helping Hands program is supported by the State Journal's Empty Stocking Club charity.

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