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Childhood gift prompts Gamecock baseball coach to give

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - bio | email

Cayce, SC (WIS) - It's a name known very well, Gamecock baseball coach Ray Tanner, and he's lending a helping hand to local families.

Coach Tanner cut out of practice Monday afternoon to put in a different type of labor. "We're part of 'Families Helping Families,' and we're bringing bikes in," says Coach Tanner.

Just like so many of you who adopted families, Tanner's namesake charity, the Ray Tanner Foundation, is giving 25 kids brand new bikes. There is a reason behind the gift of choice. Someone once gave the very same gift to him. "One of the greatest mornings you can have at Christmas is waking up and getting a bicycle, and no matter what temperature it was, you were up riding your bike," says Coach Tanner, "It's a rite of the holiday season."

There's still more room to fill at the warehouse. If you have gifts, you're asked to bring them in, preferably before the end of the day on Saturday. The "Families Helping Families" warehouse is located in the Parkland Shopping Center at the corner of State Street and Knox Abbot Drive and is open from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

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