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Metro Newsroom

Santa at City Hall program nets more than 3,000 toys

Friday December 19, 2003

Media Release

For Immediate Release

For Information Contact:

Jennifer F. Brislin


Patrick H. Neely

Santa and Mrs. Claus collected more than 3,000 new toys during the 3rd annual Santa at City Hall program, coordinated by 1st District Councilwoman Denise Bentley and 14th District Councilman Bob Henderson.

The toys will serve 325 families, and will be distributed next week to children whose mothers are incarcerated through the Metro Corrections Department.

"The generosity of this community is overwhelming," said Bentley, who had set a goal of 2,000 toys. "Children who are separated from their mothers and who would not otherwise have had a Christmas are going to find some cheer this holiday season."

Henderson and Bentley, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, collected the 3,122 toys from commuters as the two stood in front of City Hall over four mornings. Many businesses, unions and individuals also supported the program with donations.

Metro Corrections supplied a list of children who would be served, and volunteers from the National Council for Negro Women separated and delivered the toys to the department for inmates to present to their children Monday and Tuesday.


Denise Bentley (D)  1
Robert Henderson (D)  14