The December 2nd Breakfast with Santa participation doubled last year's attendance. From 8-9:30 a.m. 849 people enjoyed pancakes and sausage, juice, milk or coffee at Tillman's Corner Community Center on Carol Plantation Road. Some 500 of those were children who perched on Santa's knee and gave him a hint of what they expected to see under the tree on Christmas morning.
The event drew such a crowd, Orrell said, that the food ran out, but thanks to nearby LaQuinta Inn and Suites, who graciously came forward with food and drink, all the children got their breakfast with Santa. Orrell paid thanks to the 49 volunteers who worked from 7-9:30 a.m. to make sure all were fed and happy.
About the Annual Christmas Parade, Orrell noted that it was led by Grand Marshal Jonathan Lee, Captain at the new Tillman's Corner police pricinct. Also riding in the parade were Representatives David Sessions and Margie Wilcox; Mobile County Com. Jerry Carl; Mobile City Council member John Williams; License Com. Nick Matranga; Citizen of the Year Percy Harris and Spirit Award winner Cindy Imsand. The parade had more floats than ever before and had the greatest number of viewers in its history.
November 27th marked the Chamber's first Lighting of the Christmas Tree event, which included carols by students from W.C. Griggs Elementary School; hot chocolate, coffee and sweets provided by Mobile Memorial Cemetery and Funeral Home; and volunteers from #7 Fire Department, who helped set up the tree.
Wreaths for Charity, chaired by Tina Poiroux, Director, Tillman's Corner Community Center, was successful again this year, and Orrell gave thanks to all who created and donated the wreaths, to auctioneer Billy Bolton--and to those who bid and bought the wreaths. Poceeds helped purchase Christmas gifts and food for many area families who would normally have gone without, Orrell said.
In other good news, the Tillman's Corner Senior Center at 5863 Nevius Road marked the addition of more space with a ribbon-cutting celebration. The extra space will make room for more senior activities. The Center is open Monday-Friday for games, fellowship and free coffee. A hot meal ($1.50) is served at 11 a.m.
Final Note: The seniors' games, such as bingo, call for prizes. And businesses in the area are encouraged to donate small items for the prizes and drawings. Books for their library would also be appreciated. For information on the Center, call 251-661-6600.