From a jump house to crafts, photobooths to football, on Friday the Wilbert Davis Boys And Girls Club was a winter wonderland.
One little girl named Jarielys was pleasantly surprised.
"I expected to just be a normal day but when I saw the balloons I knew something was up."
Carolynn Smith was the mastermind behind it all.
"The kids just thought they were coming for a pizza party and their gifts, but they walked in with big eyes and they couldn't believe it."
A month ago, Smith called the club, offering to adopt all 135 kids in the Seminole-Belmont Heights area club.
She raised almost $8,000 through a GoFundMe page
"If it wasn't for this, I want you to know these kids wouldn't really have a Christmas,” she said. “Thank you for doing this, this is their party."
The highlight of the evening, by far, was the gifts, lined up, waiting to be opened.
Volunteers made their list, and checked it twice. Then ...
‘3, 2, 1 …”
And a scream went up as the kids claimed their toys...
Smith’s main message to the kids: You can't help everyone, but you can help someone.
So help others when you can.
"It just starts with one person with an idea,” she said. “And you can get several people involved to help you pull it together."
As for the kids, many left smiling ear to ear, sending Smith a thank you message of their own...
"Thank you very much for my toys and everything,” Jarielys said. “And God bless you."
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