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Christmas comes early for Harcum Harich


Harcum Harich snuggles up to Santa Claus. From left are Harcum’s mom, Sheila Abbott, Lancaster Sheriff’s Major Jimmy Smith as Buddy the Elf, Santa Claus, Lancaster Sheriff Patrick McCranie as the Polar Express Conductor and retired USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Hemming. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Bringing joy to a child and spreading love is what the Christmas season is all about. And both were evident in Kilmarnock last week when Christmas came early for Harcum Harich and his family. 

Harcum was diagnosed with leukemia on February 6, just a week after he celebrated his fourth birthday. He spent several months in and out of the hospital undergoing extensive treatment. Thankfully, according to his grandmother Loretta Harich, he is in remission and now going for monthly maintenance appointments. But he’ll continue to receive treatment through 2027. 

“We just want him to have the best Christmas possible,” she said. 

Fire trucks, blaring lights and sirens, rolled down Second Avenue on Thursday, December 7, when first responders from Lancaster and Northumberland counties joined the Lancaster/Northumberland Toys for Tots program to make its first delivery….

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