A homey holiday on the Island

Brooklyn Pumphrey of Eastpoint was content on Santa’s knee but her brother Jordan needed a little ca Photo available for purchase

Brooklyn Pumphrey of Eastpoint was content on Santa’s knee but her brother Jordan needed a little cajoling by mom Samantha Carpenter to join in the festivities.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 14:00 PM.

This year’s celebration of Santa Claus on St. George Island was low-key but homey, and very much in the holiday spirit.

Organizer Beth Brinkley said her committee decided to downsize the gifts distributed to youngsters at the celebration and donate more of the money raised to the Franklin Toy Project in view of hard times for many county families.

Children who visited Santa this year received reusable backpacks given by the St. George Island Business Association. Each pack contained fruit, candy and trinkets. There was also free cocoa and cookies for good little girls and boys.

Brinkley said about 100 children came to see Santa this year, significantly down from a peak of more than 300 two years ago.

“We had good comments from the kids who did attend,” said Brinkley. “They were very excited to get their packs.”

Two years ago, the celebration ran short of toys, forcing a last-minute trip to the Dollar General in Eastpoint. This year, there were actually some left over.

Brinkley said leftover baked goods were donated to the Holy Family Senior Center and leftover fruit was given to the Apalachicola Food Bank.



1 2
Next

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

COMMENTS
▲ Return to Top