‘Celebrity Santas’ aid homeless children in Florence

December 14, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. — Three “celebrity Santas” appeared Thursday and and will return today at the Florence City Center as part of a “Hearts for the Homeless” effort to help homeless children during the holiday season.

The three were Les Echols of the Florence Chamber of Commerce, Bo Myers of Whosoever Church, and Bryan Braddock of the House of Hope. Echols appeared from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Myers from noon until 2 p.m., and Braddock from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.

“It’s very important to be a celebrity Santa especially this time of year when you have a lot of people who don’t have toys, don’t have clothes, don’t have food and et cetera,”Echols said. “It’s very important to make sure that we are inclusive of folks who may not have the resources to enjoy their Christmas the way you or I would.”

“One, I don’t think of myself much as a celebrity,” Braddock said. “It’s an honor to be a part of something that’s going to be a blessing for children come Christmas morning.”

The three Santas will return during the same times today.

Florence County Councilman Alphonso “Al” Bradley will appear as a celebrity Santa the next two Jazz on Dargan events on the next two Saturdays.

Additional locations of celebrity Santa appearances include Ambrias Gardens, Soule Cafe and Nubian Brothers Barbershop. Times of some Santa visits will be announced later.

Other Celebrity Santas include the Rev. Merritt B. Graves, former Florence City Councilman Robby Hill, Tyron Jones, Florence City Councilman Glynn Willis, the Rev. Calvin Robinson, Florence police Lt. Bob Drulis and Quinton D. Smith.

At the appearances, individuals can have their pictures taken with Santa for $5. They can make a monetary donation or donate a new toy or new clothing items.

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