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Helping in a noble mission

On Saturday, hundreds of people, as they do every year, packed into the gym at Dawson-Bryant High School to sample chili and shop for crafts.

It was part of the 19th annual Chilifest and craft show, organized by Lawrence County Developmental Disabilities.

Funds from the booth fees for cooks and chili vendors went toward the group’s efforts and, as Tim Nunnery, communications director for the group said, the public’s support made the event a success.

LCDD provides programs and services countywide for children and adults born with developmental disabilities and assists them to live independently and work and live in an environment of their choice.

LCDD serves more than 500 annually, including through the Early Childhood Center, the Open Door School and through habilitation and employment services provided to individuals under a contractual partnership with Tri-State Industries Inc.’s non-profit board, which is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Staff at LCDD consists of instructors, instructional aides, habilitation and workshop specialists, office administrators, residential and employment coordinators and others.

We thank the public, the cooks and the vendors for coming out over the weekend and helping to raise funds for this good cause.