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Hillsborough children in need get gifts through Sincerely Santa program

12:54 PM, Dec 5, 2013   |    comments
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Hillsborough County, FL -- Christmas is here a few weeks early this year for students at Robles Elementary.

Children anxiously awaited Santa's arrival as Mr & Mrs. Claus made a special stop to spread some holiday cheer.

Escorted by the Hillsborough Co. Fire Rescue, Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department the Claus' made it just in the nick of time.

The special visit is part of Sincerely Santa, a countywide program that has been providing more than 100,000 underprivileged children with Christmas gifts since 1987. 

The children send out letters to Santa and they are posted at the Sincerely Santa booth near Macy's at the Westfield Brandon mall. 

"The letters will just touch your heart in so many ways," said Deb Hoffman, Sincerely Santa.

You can donate any items on the children's wish lists and with your help Sincerely Santa shops to fulfill the requests.  The gifts are then delivered by Hillsborough Co. Fire Rescue, Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department. 

"We see a lot of these children in a time of need, when they have an emergency going on and they call us we go out there we leave we don't see them again this gives us an opportunity to show up on different terms more peaceful terms and be able to give back," said David Raasch with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

"These kids are our kids Hillsborough county these children are asking for shoes, socks one little boy asked for a bed," said Hoffman.

For information on how to donate or volunteer visit www.sincerelysantatampa.com to sign up. 

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