For the 30th consecutive year, the John P. Hall, Sr. Children's Charity will be holding their Christmas Party to benefit underprivileged children on Dec. 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Clay County Fairgrounds, located in Green Cove Springs.
Over the past 30 years, more than 42,000 Clay County children have enjoyed a Christmas that might not have been possible.
"I am so proud to be a part of this Christmas tradition, which my father started back in 1981 to carry on my grandfather's work of helping the underprivileged in Clay County," Virginia Hall said, president of J.P. Hall Charities. "Last year, we were able to make Christmas a little better for more than 2,000 kids. We are excited to once again bring smiles to the faces of children and hope to continue to do so for years to come."
The Christmas Party provides children from newborn to 14 years old with a bag of new toys, based on age and gender. Children may also select one gently-used toy and bicycles will be given out randomly throughout the party. In conjunction with the Orange Park Clothes Closet, families will also be able to receive free clothing for the entire family. Partygoers will be treated to hotdogs, sodas and popcorn and entertainers will be performing Christmas carols for all to enjoy.
The outside gates will close promptly at noon. Lines are expected to be long, but everyone in line before the gates close at noon will receive a gift. Children must be present to collect their gift. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The party is open to any Clay County Resident and proof of residency is required.
For more information, log on to www.jphallcharities.com or call 284-7398 or 284-7541.