Santa visit makes Breakaway Center merry

by Wes Mayer

alt


Santa visited Newnan a few days early this year, delivering toys and gifts to almost 100 lucky boys and girls.

On Monday, the children and staff at Breakaway Child Care Center on 106 West Washington St. put together a Christmas breakfast for family and guests. Before the breakfast, children enrolled in the center sang a few classic Christmas songs for the audience, entertaining everyone with their enthusiastic rendition of “Jingle Bells,” “Feliz Navidad” and more.

After the music, everyone chowed down on breakfast provided by Breakaway Executive Director Alfrieda Thomas and her staff. But, more importantly, Santa arrived to give all the boys and girls armfuls of presents.

This Christmas season, Breakaway partnered with the Annie B. Gibbons Assembly 376a and the John L. Martin Consistory 367a, local Freemason chapters. On Dec. 7, Georgia Freemason chapters met in Macon for their mid-winter Council of Deliberation, and those attending were asked to bring two or more toys for a toy drive. The Coweta chapters asked if the collected toys could be sent to the “Valley of Newnan” this Christmas, and more than 200 collected toys were gifted to children at Breakaway and to after-school children with the Housing Authority of Senoia.

Gifts to children at Breakaway were also provided by 48 angels, Thomas said. After Thanksgiving, the children at Breakaway made Christmas wish lists and angels were placed on their Christmas tree — gift-givers then selected the angels in order to fulfill the children’s wishes.

On Dec. 20, Santa swung his sleigh by the Freeman Sasser Building on Seavy Street in Senoia to give gifts to 50 children in Senoia’s housing authority after-school program. On Monday, he was jolly enough to stop by Breakaway in Newnan, and he sat all 40 smiling boys and girls on his lap to give them their presents.

Each child received at least three or four presents, and had a great time meeting Santa and unwrapping their early gifts.



More Local

Gray found guilty of rape

The verdict in is in, and Benjamin Gray was found guilty of rape. More details to come. Read More


Sexsomnia or rape? Verdict in jury’s hands

Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray concluded Friday. Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Herb Cranford ... Read More


118 Newnan High students tested for TB

More than a hundred tuberculosis exposure tests were administered at Newnan High School on Friday, as earlier in the week a NHS student was ... Read More


Senoia man arrested after fleeing from officer

A Senoia area man was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Coweta County Jail after allegedly leading a Coweta County sheriff's deputy on a hig ... Read More


UPDATE

Wreck victim in fair condition

James Hand, who was injured in a motor vehicle crash Thursday morning, was listed in fair condition Friday at Atlanta Medical Center. Hand w ... Read More

Prescribed burn smokes out Lake Redwine

A large fire that brought days of smoke and acrid smells to the Lake Redwine area was a prescribed burn that was done in accordance with cur ... Read More