Santa delivers presents as part of Operation Christmas Freedom

Operation Christmas Freedom - Florida Santa LogoSanta will be delivering presents to several military families on Dec. 22. Operation Christmas Freedom is a joint event sponsored by local Plant City businesses, AMVETS and Santa himself.

So why would someone take time off during the busiest month of the year for entertainment? “After performing for families for over five years, ” Crabb says, “my favorite things are still the smiles. These families have sacrificed so much for us. All of us, including Santa realize this and want to recognize it. I’ve wanted to do something like this for a while, thanks to our great community and sponsors here in Plant City we can make it a reality.”

On Monday Dec. 22, Santa will arrive in a red convertible to deliver presents to children of four families in the Plant City area. Jerry Crabb is a local Children’s Entertainer who has organized local businesses to provide gifts for the children.

Florida Santa ClausSanta will be played by Crabb, owner of Mr. BG & Friends. Several Plant City businesses have teamed up to sponsor these four families that include six children ages 2– 11. All of the families are either active or veteran military. One dad is currently deployed during this Christmas season. The following sponsors have provided donations, gifts for the children, American flags, and a red convertible for Santa to arrive in.

The families are referred by local AMVETS Post 26 & 44.

For more information please contact Jerry Crabb of Mr. BG & Friends at (863) 797-3900.

— Michael Stevens