Clearwater's 18th Annual Winter Wonderland Successfully Concludes
(1888PressRelease) Clearwater's 18th Annual Winter Wonderland
(http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org), successfully concluded on the 22nd of
December. Produced by the Clearwater Community Volunteers, the event raised donations of
food and toys to provide Christmas to underserved Pinellas County families.
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1888PressRelease) - Clearwater, FL - Clearwater's 18th
Annual Winter Wonderland (http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org), produced by the
Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) of the Church of Scientology, concluded on the 22nd
of December. The event raised more than a ton of food and toys to provide Christmas to
underserved Pinellas County families with donations going to help Clearwater's Homeless
Emergency Project and the Children's Home, the oldest orphanage in Tampa.
The Alpine Village, which resides each year on the corner of Drew Street and Osceola Avenue in
downtown Clearwater, features nightly entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo, photos with
Santa Claus and a bouncy house.
There is no entry fee for the event, but visitors are encouraged to bring new unwrapped toys and
non-perishable food items.
This year's attendance set a record high for the event, with more than 850 people attending
opening night and thousands visiting in the days that followed.
In addition to the nightly visitors, CCV also welcomed special groups to attend. "We had the
Outreach Program from the Children's Home and the Safety Harbor Middle School's Special
Needs Class come through," said Pam Ryan Anderson, the Chairman of CCV and the overall
event director. "We open Winter Wonderland just for these kids during the day so that they can
Anderson said that this year, through a kind donor, each child from Safety Harbor Middle school
was given Christmas presents of their own.
"The teacher told me that this is the only Christmas that some of these children will have, and it
was because people in the community cared enough to donate toys that we were able to help
make this happen," said Anderson.
But this was not the only magical moment during the Wonderland.
Anderson also tells of a two year old girl who was afraid to get too close to Santa, but was
willing to wave at him from across the way. Anderson personally escorted the little girl and,
when she got closer; the girl ran all the way to Santa and jumped in his lap.
"Her mother stood there with her mouth wide open," recounted Anderson. "She told me that she
had taken her daughter to four Santa's and she wouldn't even go near them - it shows the magic
of Winter Wonderland."
"The founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard once said 'When children become unimportant to
a society, that society has forfeited its future.' We work to make this event about children and the
joy that children find in this season."
Anderson and CVV want to specially thank the sponsors who helped make Winter Wonderland
so successful this year: RPS Steel, the Sonz Family, Loop LLC, Mobile Mini, Tony Lago,
DeWall Painting, Ryan Realty, Consumer Energy Solutions, Boy Scout Troop 313, Clearwater
Towing, Distribution Video and Audio, Joel Anderson, Global Welding and Fabrication
Services, Paris and Linda Morfopoulis, One Stoppe Shoppe, Emmett & Ali Osborne,
PostcardMania and United Rentals.
Clearwater's Annual Winter Wonderland (http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org)
is a charitable holiday fund raiser sponsored by the Clearwater Community Volunteers and the
Church of Scientology. CCV was founded in 1994 by parishioners of the Church of Scientology
with the purpose of helping to create a better community for all citizens of the City of Clearwater
and Pinellas County. CCV has raised money, food and toys for family and children's charities
such as the, The City of Clearwater Little League, the Kimberly Home, Make-A-Wish
Foundation of Central and Northern Florida Suncoast Region, the Community Learning Center,
the Children's Home, Inc. and Everybody's Tabernacle Homeless Emergency Project. For more
information visit: http://www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org.