Roving Reporter | "Santa Visits Rockport Relief Camp" Text and 6 Photos by Jeanette Larson

Macy (l) and Macilyn (r) Guld visit with Santa.
Brother Phillip was home sick.
Santa spent several evenings visiting the Rockport Relief Camp last week, bringing gifts and cheer to approximately 300 families. Families from throughout the area registered to visit with Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa, and pick up supplies. According to Samantha Schaal McCrary who runs the non-profit program, 75% of the goodies were donated by individual donors, with about 25% giving cash so that items could be purchased. Every child received a wrapped present from volunteers and a stuffed animal from Santa.

McCrary said that there are currently a family of six and nine single men living at the Relief Camp. By the first of the year, they will have moved out. While no one will be living at the camp, supplies will continue to be available, including food, diapers, and household goods. McCrary will also be coordinating volunteer groups coming in to help with demolition and rebuilding of local homes.

Samantha Schaal McCrary

Volunteers wrap presents for pickup by families

Rockport kids enjoying cookies and cocoa

Santa's bag is filled with goodies

Julian Cortez plays Frosty

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