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Center holds Christmas celebration
Rummage drive, chili event heralds holiday at Hawk Enrichment Center
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A community member finishes a bowl of chili at the Sylvania's Hawk Enrichment Center's chili Christmas celebration. The event was held in conjunction with a clothing rummage drive.

Sylvania's Hawk Enrichment Center, with CEO Chris Thomas, hosted a clothing rummage drive and a chili Christmas celebration Tuesday, where a whole community came out to enjoy a meal and find clothes to suit their needs.

The City of Victory Church of Sylvania played a large role in making the event a success, Thomas said.

This was the second clothing drive this winter, after the first was hampered by inclement weather, but Thomas said the clothes drive and chili dinner combo Tuesday went exceptionally well.

The day was like many other days when Thomas allows young children and teenagers to "hang out" and play basketball, read books, or watch movies-those are called wind-down days at the center, usually on Fridays as part of the after-school program.

The only difference Tuesday was that the whole community was invited.

So many came out to enjoy a hot bowl of chili, with tea and Christmas cookies, that the chili ran out, Thomas said, but luckily it fed many and lasted 30 minutes past their closing time.

Staff members from Sylvania's new Touched by an Angel Adult Day Care came out to take bowls of chili back to residents, he said.

Elder Carolyn Johnson, one of the ministers at Victory, and Thomas' assistant Elaine Parrish, who made her famous pot of chili, were both key in organizing and carrying out the event, he said.

The clothing items that were left over were boxed up and taken to residents at Syl-view Nursing Home, Thomas said.

During an interview with the Statesboro Herald on Thursday, Thomas said that Hawk Enrichment had plans to distribute toys, donated by an anonymous family, to sick or underprivileged children on Christmas Eve.

 

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