By Dina Samfield

Shirley Friendship Fund volunteers Lisa Lemere marvels at the number of gifts that were left under the giving trees at the local branches of Fidelity and North Middlesex Savings Bank for distribution to local families. The SFF, a nonprofit all-volunteer charity, distributed food, clothing and gifts to 35 families in need this year. Besides its many volunteers, the group is also supported by sponsors, which this year include the Bull Run Restaurant, Shirley Charitable Foundation, ShirleyArts Children's Touring Christmas Choir, Groton Community School, Cain's, and the Shirley Fire Department.