“Merry Christmas! Are there any good little boys and girls here today?” said old Saint Nick. “Today is all about y’all.”
It was the beginning of the annual Corinth Civitans Christmas event for area kids.
“This is one of the big highlights of our year, to be able to do this for these kids who may not have much else for Christmas,” said Civitans President Leslie Raines.
The Civitans and a group of 15 kids gathered at Taylor’s Escape to start the day with a fish and chicken lunch followed by a visit with Santa Claus. Next, they loaded up in buses for a trip to Joe’s Shoes, where each kid will get a new pair of shoes, and finally to Belk for a new suit of clothes.
Civitans board member Tina Bugg said the Christmas event for kids is one of the ways the club uses the funds it collects throughout the year to give back to the community.
“It’s very special. It makes it all worthwhile,” said Bugg. “It’s the reason I joined Civitans many years ago, to help these kids out.”
The Civitans president said hopes the Christmas effort will be provide happy memories for the kids and help them understand the meaning of Christmas.
“If this helps them through this year and they can look back on it and remember the day, maybe it’ll make them enjoy Christmas for what it is,” said Raines.