Host a booth at Matthew's Hope Christmas Carnival

The event will include old-time games and a Santa Shop.

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Matthew's Hope is looking for community partners to help relaunch its annual Christmas Carnival with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 14.

Each community partner — it can be a local business, church, club, school, civic group or even a group of friends — will have a 10-foot by 10-foot booth consisting of a decorated pop-up tent or table with an old-time carnival game or activity geared to children 12 and younger with small prizes.

This event is geared toward the younger homeless and less-fortunate children in the community, but everyone is welcome to attend.

While the children play games, they can window shop and visit with Santa while the elves help them prepare their Christmas lists. Parents can then return a few days later and "shop" for their children at Santa's Shop.

"Our desire is to be able to build dignity for these parents by providing an opportunity for them to provide Christmas for their children themselves," said Scott Billue, Matthew's Hope founder. "We will make everything available to them required to do that. All we need is your help to make it all happen."
Assistance also is needed with food and music.

To host a booth, help in some other way or donate toward the event, call (407) 905-9500 or email [email protected]



Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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