Soul Santa Makes Special Delivery

Santa's helpers dropped off some gifts a few days early at the Walker Ford Community Center in Tallahassee Friday

Members of Sunshine Savings Bank unloaded five cars worth of gifts at the center. The gifts will go over a hundred children. It's all part of the Soul Santa celebration.

"A lot of our kids wouldn't get anything if it wasn't for this type of contribution we received. And I know they've been doing it now for three years and it's just a great thing the bank wants to do for our community," says Joe Thomas, supervisor at Walker Ford.

It's the third year Sunshine Savings Bank has donated gifts to the center. In all, the Soul Santa celebration has been going on in Frenchtown for over thirty years.

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  • by Ag Bull Location: Vault on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Another hand out. Nice. Too bad the kids of unemployed parents in other areas of town won't their handout...wrong side of town.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    Mark, it's people like you who make it hard for other people to be generous. It is Christmas and thats why they do it. So no they should not change the name and anyone who is offended should not take the gifts and get nothing for Christmas. Everytime someone tries to do something positive someone like you has to put a negative spin on it.
  • by anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    How 'bout just "Santa"?
  • by Mark Location: Tallahassee on Dec 17, 2011 at 05:22 AM
    OK, this is nice but these actions are associated with Christmas. Some people are offended and may have physiological damage which may warrant a lawsuit directed toward those that perpetrate the creators of "Soul Santa". Perhaps a neutral name such as "Soul Holidays", "Soul Winter Solstice", or "Soul Celebration of Lights" would be more sensitive. Instead of giving presents, which is associated with Christmas, maybe give warm vibrations or non-contact hugs.
  • by US Soldier on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:27 PM
    While I think this is an excellent program for the community, "Soul Santa" seems discriminatory. I am saying this because its if we are trying to segregate Christmas by race. Even if it was named for another demographic, I find it derogatory. I find it hard to believe that if a person outside of the black community were to come up with this name, we would probably have people filing lawsuits and getting the NAACP involved. How are we supposed to get along with one another if we continue to do things just one particular race or color? Let's form groups or organizations that attract EVERYBODY from the Tallahassee community. I take pride in Tallahassee when I see everyone getting along and living life because of the interests they share as people, not color. By all means, collecting or donating gifts for the children is a beautiful thing but attempt to use a name that doesn't focus a specific color. Let's teach the children equality, love and respect for all.
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