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Operation Santa Claus: Early season visit brings smiles, good night
From Hancock County PIO   Filed 10/24/05 - GCN

Saturday's seasonally mild temperature for coastal Mississippi was a reminder that Christmas was approaching.

However, for more than 600 children across Hancock County on Saturday, fun in the sun and on the beach was replaced with a visit by Santa Claus two months early and with food, song, dance and most of all, presents.

Operation Christmas on the Beach included an invasion by Santa to Hancock County, where an army of children greeted their white-bearded visitor. The Morrell Foundation, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Premier Homes of Florida were two of several sponsors for Saturday's October surprise.

Sponsors plan another Christmas gathering for Hancock County kids closer to Dec. 25. Visit www.4katrinaskids.com and learn how you can donate and support efforts to help families, and especially children.

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