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A Beary Merry Christmas

   |  Posted Dec 7th, 2006 @ 4:57pm


SALT LAKE CITY (December 7, 2006) - The actual holiday may be a little more than two weeks away, but Christmas will come early this Saturday, December 9 for 180 children from the Sorensen Multi-Cultural Center, the Neighborhood House, Guadalupe Schools and the Dream Center. The Utah Jazz mascot, Bear, will join these children in a holiday shopping excursion at Wal-Mart, located at 5469 South Redwood Road. The event, sponsored by Firemen & Friends for Kids, gives underprivileged youth the opportunity to purchase items for themselves and their families.

Some will buy toys, some will buy clothes and others will purchase groceries and household necessities. A few will even purchase gifts for their parents. In true Bear style, there are no limitations. The children will be escorted through the store by volunteers.

Volunteers will begin arriving at the Sorensen Multi-Cultural Center, located at 855 West California Avenue (1300 South), at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday December 9. Children selected by the Sorensen Multi-Cultural Center, Guadalupe Schools, the Neighborhood House and the Dream Center will arrive at 7 a.m. Participants will enjoy entertainment and be served a light breakfast provided by the Junior League of Salt Lake City before heading to Wal-Mart by bus. Buses will be escorted by the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department and fire trucks from local fire departments.

The group will arrive at Wal-Mart at approximately 8 a.m. to begin shopping and will head back to the Sorensen Multi-Cultural Center when finished. The event will end at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Money goes for the Bear Hugs Christmas shop this Saturday in Salt Lake City and next Saturday in Lehi, UT. We are taking over 300 kids shopping this year and we are short on money for 90 kids. So we are looking for a little help to raise money so that we can give these kids a Christmas which they might not otherwise get.

If anyone wants to donate they can go to any Wells Fargo bank and donate to the Firemen and Friends for Kids Foundation.

we can give tax receipts for those who donate.

We can only except check or cash and checks need to be made out to Firemen and Friends for Kids.

CAN NOT do credit cards.

People can drop off their money or check at the front desk of the Energy Solutions Arena

We can mail out receipts for cash

Contact info:

Eldon Farnsworth : 801-550-5460