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Enjoying the holiday party at Applebee's, first row, from left: Anthony Kissolovege, Victoria Griffith and Chastiry Nieves. Second row: Amanda Hlavaty, Applebee's server; Michele Duchnick, Applebee's Manager; Kim Quigley, Friendship House foster care program manager; and Stacey Jarrow, Applebee's server.
Enjoying the holiday party at Applebee's, first row, from left: Anthony Kissolovege, Victoria Griffith and Chastiry Nieves. Second row: Amanda Hlavaty, Applebee's server; Michele Duchnick, Applebee's Manager; Kim Quigley, Friendship House foster care program manager; and Stacey Jarrow, Applebee's server.
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Applebee’s at the Viewmont Mall in Dickson City was the setting for a holiday celebration Monday, Dec. 9. Every seat in the backroom was taken by children in foster care, the families who care for them and the staff who support them from Friendship House.


“This is an annual event that Applebee’s gives as a gift to these children,” Kim Quigley, Friendship House Foster Care program manager explained. “Year after year they step forward, providing a room and a meal to these deserving families.”


The staff of Applebee’s buy the children gifts and Santa Claus arrives to present them and spend a moment with each child. In the month prior to the party, Friendship House staff find out what is on each child’s wish list. They communicate this to the Applebee’s staff, who shop for the children.


“Its for the kids,” said Michele Duchnick, Applebee’s manager. “Our employees may not make a lot of money themselves, but they look forward to this each year as a special way to celebrate the holidays and be a part of an important cause.”


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