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Flo’s military Christmas event

Posted by Chris Brown on December 16, 2011 – 2:10 pm

On Saturday (Dec 17), 29 WNY children, all of whom have a parent serving overseas that they will separated from this holiday season, will be treated to a very special Christmas celebration courtesy of Drayton Florence, cornerback for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, and the Drayton Florence Foundation.

From 12-1:30 pm, Florence and some of his Bills teammates will be at the Santa’s Vision event, hosted by the Adam’s Mark Hotel in downtown Buffalo, and will host a private holiday party for these very special youngsters including a luncheon courtesy of Buffalo Wild Wings in Hamburg, a unique Christmas tree storybook time, distribution of gifts and all-around holiday cheer. 

“Being a child in a military family myself and having recently had my sister serving our country overseas and missing holidays and birthdays with her kids, I am incredibly sensitive to the needs of these kids this time of year”, said Florence. “It is incredibly taxing on both our military serving our country, protecting our freedom, and the families they leave behind, and this time of year makes it even tougher.  Our goal is to take some time with these kids to provide joy and smiles for as long as we can.”

Outside of the private event hosted by the foundation, the entire Santa’s Vision event is open to the general public from 9 am – 3 pm on Dec 17th and is entirely FREE! All kids in attendance will get a free toy in addition to enjoying free pony rides, face painting, and pictures with Santa. In addition, a special area will be set up for children to write letters to our troops overseas and meet some of the men and women who serve our country.


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