Santa visit makes Breakaway Center merry
by Wes Mayer
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.