Santa Visits Orange Avenue in Tallahassee

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

Tallahassee, FL -- It wasn't exactly the night before Christmas, but it could have been at the Oliver Hill Community Center in Tallahassee.

Hundreds of children from the Orange Avenue apartments lined up to get toys from Santa. The gifts were all donations from businesses and friends of city commissioner Andrew Gillum for children living in one of the city's rougher neighborhoods.

"We've had a recent shooting just down the street from here and we want to make sure they're not forgotten, that the only time they see us is when something bad happens," said Gillum, dressed as an elf.

The event had a special connection with FAMU head football coach Earl Holmes.

"I'm from this neighborhood and I remember trying to make a little bit of nothing into a little bit of something. This is where dreams start and you don't let anybody ever try to take your dreams," he said.

For many moms and dads, the gifts were a Christmas miracle.

"Some parents are not fortunate enough to get their kids gifts for Christmas because of lack of income and different other things, but because of the people in the community getting together and coming together it's a great blessing," said parent Beverly McKinney.

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