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Community raising money, toys for families affected by local hospital’s sudden closure

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. — The nearly 200 workers who were affected by the sudden closure of the Ellwood City Medical Center are getting more help days before Christmas.

And the gesture won’t just help them. It will also help their families.

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State Rep. Aaron Bernstine’s wife, working with her husband and the community, raised money and tons of toys to give to the families who need it now more than ever.

“We just wanted to give them a little holiday cheer, a little Christmas, because we know right now they’re not bringing in a paycheck,” said Ilia Bernstine,

The toy giveaway is set for Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Bernstein’s office in Ellwood City.