Bay Co. Homeless Students Enjoy Lunch With Santa

Friday was a special day for some of bay county's homeless children as they took a field trip to meet Santa Claus!

There are more than 400 homeless children in the Bay School System right now. A portion of those students went to the visual arts center for lunch at the festival of trees.

Despite some of the setbacks they face on a daily basis, you wouldn't know it from the smiles on their faces as Santa presented them with presents! Each student gave ideas of some of their favorite things, and all of the gifts were bought to match those interests.

Volunteers from the 601st air operation center at Tyndall helped out and say they're delighted to make it a happier holiday for these children.

"It's hard to talk about. I mean, to see the kid's faces and how elated they become when they get their presents and they get to meet Santa and the little activities they do," said TSgt. Michael Riley, a volunteer.

"Definitely the smiles and happiness and being able to give and it costs so little to give so much," said SSgt. Robert Carnall.

Most of the gifts were donated through the toys for Kids Foundation.

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