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Angels bring more than just toys to children for Communities Caring at Christmas

Angels bring more than just toys to children for Communities Caring at Christmas

Christmas morning brought smiles to a lot of children's faces. Thousands of them would not have known that joy if it weren't for your kindness.

Thirty-nine years ago, WEAR launched the Communities Caring at Christmas program. For more than 30 years, the Sansing family and auto dealerships have been the major corporate sponsor.

For 24 years, the employees of Gulf Power Company have given their personal resources to brighten the holidays for our children.

"We live here, as well as working here. We can see what the needs are in the community," said Gulf Power CEO Stan Connally.

The Gulf Power employees at Plant Crist got the giving teed up with their annual golf tournament that netted almost $17,000 this year.

The Pensacola Model Railroad Club had young ones riding the rails again.

An amazing team of angels from Ascend Performance Materials filled the wishes of 40 children in foster care.

"Every year we worry that we're not going to have enough to make it to do everything we do and every year they exceed our expectations," said Sharhonda Owens with Ascend.

Prosser and Katie-John Crow are following in mom and dad's lead as young donors and volunteers.

NFL Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks continues to be a champion for the children - honoring his mother's memory and never forgetting about home.

Resident history-teller John Appleyard and the Appleyard Family Foundation helped make memorable stories for a lot of children again this year.

The employees of the Escambia Community Clinic held fundraisers and even wrapped gifts for donations at a department store.

Christmas wishes for the children came from Dr. Ezra Merritt and the Knight crew, our friends at Navy Federal Credit Union, The Northwest Florida Modelers, Jason Borcz, and Haynes Van and Storage.

The U. S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club put the kickstands up on a charity ride for the children. This was their first year on the Communities Caring team and they say they'll be back.

Clients of Edward Jones Investments had presents delivered.

Two industrious little angels, Kate and Caroline Johnson, ran a doughnut delivery operation for donations.

The historic Fisher Brown Bottrell Insurance Company sent a generous gift.

Our cosplay friends at Pensacon turned the Star Wars opening into a benefit for Communities Caring.

Bruce Miller and his team from the Public Defender's Office rode in with trucks loaded with bicycles. Their giving is now an office tradition.

"Usually it starts, somebody will bring in one bike at about summertime and that makes us smile, somebody will bring in a couple more bikes and that's more smiles and it's just the Christmas spirit," Bruce said.

John and Shana Holmes, Tod Wilson, Five Flags Rotary, David Hawkins at Joe Morris & Son Funeral Home, The Sons of Italy, Greater First Baptist Church-Cantonment, AT&T, DirecTV, Bob Solarski, Heaton Brothers Construction, H. T. Hackney of Milton - to all of you who gave, you have shown the true spirit of this season. Your compassion for the children touches all of our hearts.

Thank you for being Communities Caring at Christmas.

Angels In Our Midst is sponsored by Nemours Children's Specialty Care.

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