Hinson's Season of Giving in Blairsville, Georgia at Union County Civic Center
A free Christmas dinner was recently held at the Union County Civic Center. There was turkey with all the trimmings, desserts, presents, entertainment, and a visit from Santa.
Pam Hinson, organizer of the event, says, "It's all about giving and showing people the true meaning of Christmas. Christ was our first gift and I want people to realize it. God has blessed us tremendously this year and we want to share the blessings with others."
More than 50 families from Blairsville, Georgia were invited to the dinner. People started arriving around 4:00 pm and were entertained with Christmas carols and karaoke. Charlie Hinson and Sammy Davenport took turns singing such favorites as "Santa looks a lot like Daddy" and "White Christmas".
There were lots of activities throughout the evening including a dance routine by "By his Grace". Santa Claus arrived to the delight of the children, packages and stuffed animals were given to every child, and groceries were sent home with the parents. Children even got to decorate a life-sized Christmas tree that was raffled off at the end of the evening.
Pam raises money for the dinner by taking donations and putting out jars in Union County to collect spare change. Thanks to Lost Creek at Mulky Gap, the Blairsville Huddle House, Golden Pantry, Alexander's Store, Rick Hughes Construction Crew, Circle K, and all the people that gave. Special thanks to Debbie and the staff at Cook's Restaurant for the delicious food, the Hole in the Wall for the outstanding cake, and everyone else that brought covered dishes. Thanks to Sue Garrett and William Gray for their support and kindness. Thanks to Santa Claus for taking time out of his busy schedule. Thanks to Sammy Davenport of Pure Country Karaoke. Thanks to Janann Finn of Grace Church in Hiawassee for the "ballet". Thanks to the girls at Fannin Regional Hospital that gave gift certificates and everyone else that helped make the dinner a success.
Pam and Charlie Hinson live on Dean's Gap Rd. in Blairsville, Georgia. They have four daughters and one grandchild. This is the 2nd Christmas Dinner and plans are underway for next year. Pat says, "God willing, this will be an annual event."
December 15, 2007 - Pam and Charlie Hinson's Season of Giving in Blairsville, Georgia
A free Christmas celebration was recently held at the Union County Civic Center. The annual event called "Season of Giving" provided families in Union County with a delicious meal, fellowship, presents, entertainment, and a visit from Santa.
Pam Hinson, organizer of the event, says, "God is our light and our hope. He only wants our love and for us to believe in him."
Entertainment went on throughout the evening. Forgiven provided live gospel music, a ballet performance was given by Aspen Fine, and singing by Charlie Hinson and friends rounded out the line-up.
Santa Claus arrived to the delight of the children, packages were given to every child, and groceries were sent home with many parents. A life-sized Christmas tree was raffled off at the end of the evening and went home with one lucky family.Pam and Charlie raised money for the dinner by taking donations and putting out jars to collect spare change. They would like to say thank you to Commissioner Lamar Paris for the use of the Union County Civic Center, William Gray and Sue Garrett for equipment and time, Hughes Store for jar, Rick Hughes for time and donations, Rosie and Liz Hallam for gifts and donations, Winkler and Winkler for donations, The Big Cheese for Jar, Lost Creek for jar, Rick's Rentals for jar and donations, Builder's Way for jar, Steve's Cookie Jar for jar, Cook's Restaurant for jar and food, Hole in the Wall for jar, the Catfish Corner Restaurant for food and tables, Jennifer Smith for DJ services at the dance to raise money in November, Dean and Vickie Hollingsworth for food, time, and jar, Shawn Chambers and family for time, donations, and food, Ann Franklin for helping with the dance, and everybody else who gave time and donations to the Season of Giving.