Just 12 days ago we shared a story of a local friend who had started a drive to create an amazing Christmas for some children who live near each other in a community here in Bay County.

We received donations and support from many people near and far and the “Mission Santa” became a reality last night, Saturday, December 21st.

Santa and a few of the kids

Several business owners got involved and they did so out of kindness and a giving heart, not in any way to receive recognition for their business.  Well, they are getting recognized anyway..

Some of you expressed on our Facebook page that you appreciate what we did.  We would like to let you know of the business owners who gave their time, space and money so that you can consider thanking them by giving some of them your business.

Lorrie Black Photography – Lorrie got this whole thing started!
Let’s Play Something – Owners gave us a big discount on toys, free shipping and a free toy.
Barking Divas – Owner shopped for the kids.
American Homeland Realty – Lee Ann (agent) shopped for the kids.
Bailey’s Condos – Owner, Barbie made a donation to help us with shopping.
Pineapple Willy’s – Owner donated funds for shopping and the manager and an
employee shopped and wrapped gifts.
Montego Bay, Edgewater – Manager provided a large room for us to sort and wrap gifts
plus a big discount on our lunch!
UPS – Local drivers donated the meal for the families plus enough to give each family a
Winn Dixie gift card!
Panama City Beach Police Department – Donated and wrapped toys!
Wrapping fun at Montego Bay!
The kids had a blast and they all got to sit on Santa’s lap and get their photo taken.  They got to open one present each and their stockings but the rest will wait until Christmas morning.
I think the volunteers had as much fun as the kids!  I know that I loved the experience of sharing a little with so many little ones and watching them with Santa!
Santa having a conversation with the kids.
Lorrie and the group plan to do this type of thing every year and the plan is to grow the group to help bring Santa to even more kids!
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