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Christmas Party for Those in Need--Mikayla Lewis

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Nashville, Tenn.--Santa and Mrs. Claus came to town early Sunday afternoon, for the second annual "Santa Claus is Coming to Town " event.

More than 300 gifts were wrapped and given away at at Carol Ann's Home Cooking Cafe in South Nashville. Presents for all ages were given to children of families in shelters.

Organizer, Krys Midgett said, "We have a focus on children and families in battered women's shelters and homeless shelters. There's a lot of children on the street that you wouldn't even realize are homeless."

According to the mayor's recent report: Nashville homelessness increaseed by 25 percent this past year. Even those with a roof over the heads can still be in need and were give gifts and time with Santa today.

Single mother, Charity Seymour and her two children attended the party.

Charity Seymour said, " I didn't know if I would be able to afford certain gifts for them this year so this is a blessing."

Seymour says she lived in a shelter last year, and hopes her children will pay the kindness forward.

Seymour explained, "When they get older, they will know that somebody gave to them when they were kids so they might so they might see somebody who is less advantaged than they are and they will be willing to give back to them as well."

Several groups gave back through the event like Kitchen Tabernacle and Give A Little Nashville charity site.


Midgett added, " The whole community worked together, it was a amazing. Giving back should definitely be a year round thing."

A free concert from local singer-songwriters got everyone in the holiday spirit. A meal made sure no one went home hungry tonight.

John and Debi Sparkman said, "Everybody eating the food that we paid for, that in itself makes me feel good. It just warms our hearts."

Any left over gifts from the event, will be delivered to needy families this week.
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