BRADLEYVILLE, Mo. -- Nearly $170,000 in grants was given to charities throughout the Ozarks today.
Students from five school districts also got an early present.
The Roy W. Slusher Foundation held a celebration to distribute the money in a packed gym at Bradleyville Public Schools.
A holiday program included music, skits, and Santa.
Bradleyville Public Schools, along with 31 other non-profits, or tax-exempt organizations will benefit from these grants.
"There are many needs in the community," said Leon Combs, of the Slusher Foundation. "There are many children and families that have a hard time, and this is going to be a tremendous asset for them. It's truly the Christmas spirit."
About 700 students were gifted a new hoodie with their school logo on it and other goodies.
Since it began, the Slusher Foundation has distributed more than $7 million in grants to charities in Stone and Taney counties.
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