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December 21, 1999|Amy R. Spurgeon, (949) 574-4228

The ninth annual Project Cuddle Christmas party at the Costa Mesa Community Center on Sunday provided more than 250 foster and adopted children with a reason to laugh and smile.

Debbe Magnusen, founder of the nationwide nonprofit organization, was on hand at the three-hour event to hug the children and greet as many faces as possible.

Magnusen, who has seven children of her own--five adopted--established the support group for foster children and their families back in 1992.

Officers from the Police Department handed out oversized, overstuffed teddy bears to more than 250 children.The teddy bear serves as the organization's undeclared mascot.

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