|Less Fortunate Families Challenged by Tough Economic Times Find the Holiday’s a Little Easier with Help from Area Restaurant
For the last 19 years the Sandbar Restaurant has hosted the Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kid’s Party for area underprivileged children where each child receives a new toy, a new outfit, a new pair of shoes and a complete holiday dinner for their entire family. The economic challenges we all face are felt much deeper by many of these families so this year’s party will provide some relief for families trying to provide a semblance of Christmas for their children. The event has grown from 25 children 19 years ago to over 120 children this year. In addition to the children from the area’s Head Start programs, children from Healthy Families Manatee, an organization Lawton Chiles helped to establish in 1998, will also be included as well as the Children’s Academy.
This year’s party will be Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm at the Sandbar Restaurant Event Pavilion. The party includes lunch for the kids, characters in costumes, games, a craft table, face painting, and of course Santa Claus who will be making a unique surprise entrance that guarantees to make all the kids smile.
The Sandbar is requesting cash donations in order to assist in covering expenses of the outfits, toys and holiday dinners. Checks should be payable to Sandbar Restaurant (Attn: Christmas for Kid’s Party) and sent to Chiles Group, PO Box 1478, Anna Maria, FL 34216. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please contact Patti McKee at the corporate office 941-778-8709, firstname.lastname@example.org