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Needy SC National Guard families get holiday help

Barbara Livingston (left), wife of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the adjutant general of S.C., Kathy Dent (center), and Master Sgt. (Ret.)Sherry Marsh. (National Guard photo by Maj. Scott Bell) Barbara Livingston (left), wife of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston, Jr., the adjutant general of S.C., Kathy Dent (center), and Master Sgt. (Ret.)Sherry Marsh. (National Guard photo by Maj. Scott Bell)
Dukes (right) of The Blue Marlin Restaurant speaks with Barbara Livingston (left).(National Guard photo by Maj. Scott Bell) Dukes (right) of The Blue Marlin Restaurant speaks with Barbara Livingston (left).(National Guard photo by Maj. Scott Bell)
Ivey Hatfield (left) and Ambyr Ferguson (right) pose with one of the many toys donated to support 35 needy S.C. National Guard families this year.  (National Guard photo by Maj. Scott Bell) Ivey Hatfield (left) and Ambyr Ferguson (right) pose with one of the many toys donated to support 35 needy S.C. National Guard families this year. (National Guard photo by Maj. Scott Bell)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Some South Carolina volunteers and business owners are letting needy National Guard members and their families know they aren't forgotten at Christmas time.

"Operation Christmas Cheer" provided holiday gifts and food deliveries to 35 guard families this year facing unemployment or other economic hard times.

Barbara Livingston is 1 of the volunteers who delivered the gifts, as well as the wife of Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the adjutant general of the South Carolina guard.

She says it's wonderful to see members of the community, including restaurants and other businesses, donate to help needy guard families.

The state Department of Employment and Workforce reports that the jobless rate for veterans is about 2 to 3% higher than for the general population.

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