Bells of Freedom

North County DanceArts (NCDA) owner Louis McKay and NCDA dancer Emily Pepper help unload gifts for the military families, while Louis McKay Sr., a former Marine and World War II vet, looks on.

On Dec. 9, Carmel Valley residents made their now-annual pilgrimage up to Camp Pendleton Marine Base, where they met with enlisted military families they had “adopted” for the holidays.

Bells of Freedom, a nonprofit run out of North County DanceArts, owned by Louis and Tanya McKay, allows people to adopt needy military families. For more information, visit — Gina McGalliard

Louis McKay greets a Marine receiving a raffle prize.