Kids enjoy ‘Giv-a-way with Santa’

Published 8:22 am Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More than 100 children received books, presents and enjoyed refreshments at the second annual Giv-a-way with Santa hosted by District A City Councilwoman Gloria Kates at the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The target age for children to receive books and toys was 6 years of age and under, but children much older than that came in. Organizers had enough for every child who walked through the door.

“We had some 15 years of age come in. We had toys for everybody and didn’t turn anybody away,” Kates said.

Kates said preparation for the event started about six months ago. Santa’s elves also helped out.

“I shopped all over where I could find quality and educational toys. This year the focus was on reading and books,” Kates said. “It was just a joy seeing the kids come in. For the first time, some of the kids saw a Santa Claus.”

Joel Miller dressed as Santa for the occasion.

“The kids were very appreciative of Miss Kates for doing this,” Miller said. “Some of the parents told me that never during their time being here had they experienced something like a person doing this in position on the city council. It shows concern.”

Kates said she received more of the blessing.

“It’s not about me, but more of the kids,” Kates said. “I put on a different hat serving the children. This was the second one and we’re hoping for a bigger and better one next year.”

Children enjoyed hot dogs, chili dogs, soft drinks, and fruit bags. Some of the elves included Cassi Brown, Sara Brown, LaDerricka Morris, Gretchen Brown and Regina Greely.