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Clothing Kids for Christmas

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The Junior Service League of Port St. Joe played Santa's helpers on Friday by giving kids in need a personalized shopping trip.

The school bus kids rode in on Friday was more like Santa's sleigh because inside Kohls, were volunteers who acted more like elves.

"Today [Friday] is probably one of my favorite service projects all year," said Michelle Perrin, the President of the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe.

 

The agency helped cloth more than 50 kids on Friday in Panama City.

Members volunteered their time helping each child individually pick out a new jacket, a pair of shoes, and everything in between.

 

"This is my third year participating and every year, you see familiar faces, and just knowing that they may or may not have presents underneath the tree at Christmas," said Perrin. "But to at least know that they are clothed and they have necessities for the Winter months is really special and I'm blessed that I can even help."

52% of children in Gulf County are on free or reduced lunch.

"That's about half the kids in the school who could need an extra hand at Christmas," said Sue Gannon, principal of Port St. Joe Elementary.

 

It's a statistic that makes this shopping trip more of a necessity than an early Christmas present.

"Every kid truly appreciates what they get," said Principal Gannon. "We see them wearing the clothing probably Monday, they'll be wearing what they get, they won't wait until Christmas."

 

the Junior Service League of Port St. Joe also took kids from Wewahitchka Elementary School on a Christmas shopping adventure Friday too.