Receiving help, rather than being on the giving end - Grissom children experience the opposite of the norm


Last updated 11/2/2007 at Noon

Deana and Billy Grissom raised their children to give to those less fortunate.

Every year at Thanksgiving, their daughter, Rebecca, a fifth grade student at La Paloma, and son, Brandon, a third grade student at Maie Ellis, go through their toys and games and set aside a pile to donate to local shelters and thrift shops. This week, both children learned a valuable lesson: what it is like to receive from others.

The Grissom family, who live in an apartment on Old Stage Road, spent four days and nights as evacuees in the Red Cross shelter at the Community Recreation Center in Temecula during...

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