This was serious business — but you wouldn't know it from the expressions on the faces of the people participating.

They were there to collect food and gifts for local families who struggle during the holidays.

But still there was room for wide smiles and laughter, and why not? The participants were having fun — playing a kids' game to help people less fortunate than them.

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours program organized its third-annual dodge ball tournament recently at the Haverhill-Plaistow Community YMCA.


The event collects food and gifts for the YMCA's Giving Trees, which are located in the lobbies of the Plaistow and Haverhill YMCAs. The items collected will be distributed to local families who are struggling financially.


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