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Naval Support Activity Brings Christmas Magic to Deserving Kids

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For some, the holidays mean brightly decorated trees, new presents and a feast on the table. For others, it's a different story.

Tough times can mean the holidays are scarce; but at Naval Support Activity Panama City, one organization has ensured less fortunate children have had a magical Christmas for the last 63 years.

At Wednesday's 63rd annual Children's Christmas Party, familiar cheers of happy children were the products of a job well done.

The Children's Christmas Party Committee on NSA PC is working to ensure the cheers continue.

"Bay County has been so good to its military families and the navy base. This is just an opportunity for us to express our gratitude," said volunteer, Eric Weber.

Weber has been one of Santa's helpers for 20 years. At each party, he said he releases his own inner child.

"It's never too late to have a good childhood," said Weber.

But for many families in our area, times are tough and Christmas presents can take a back seat to the essentials.

It's where this party comes in; full of Christmas magic, complete will a special visit with the "big man" himself.

All year long, over 250 volunteers log 1900 hours to help Santa check off the wish lists of these 100 children.

From the looks of things on Wednesday, they succeeded.

"I'm having so much fun that me, my brothers and my sisters we get to have fun while we're opening presents," said Amarion Gray.

With each smiling face, it's this childlike wonder that reminds us that the magic of Christmas does not lie with what we get, but what we give.

"I had a child that they opened this pack of clothing..this T-shirt...They appreciated that. They rejoiced. It just makes Christmas feel much happier," said one volunteer.

As the party ended and 100 children were sent home with their well-deserved goodies, perhaps it's the parting words of one thankful child that really sum up what this season truly means

"My favorite part about Christmas is being able to see your family, have a good time and celebrate Jesus' birthday," he said.

The committee partners each year with the bay school district to bring the party to deserving children in the county and they credit the devotion of volunteers for making the event a success!