Thousands of Dollars in Grant Funding Given to Help Children

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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