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Hotel hosts Christmas for kids

The Hampton Inn on Centerbrooke Lane hosted its second annual Holiday Dazzle for less fortunate children from the Suffolk area on Friday.

Hampton Inn partners with Social Services and the Salvation Army to choose children to invite to the party. This year, 55 youngsters and their families were invited to attend.

“For me personally, I come from a military background, and we don’t have family close. So, to be able to provide a traditional Christmas for families is really nice,” said Gina Arwood, a guest service representative at Hampton Inn.

At the party, the kids have the chance to enjoy arts and crafts, good food and some new presents. All of the gifts and food were donated by different people and organizations in Suffolk.

The food at the event was donated by Little Caesar’s and Subway, and all of the sweets were a contribution from the hotel. The goodies inside the stockings were donated by City Councilman Mike Duman, and the stockings themselves donated from the local Dollar Tree.

“We get to get stockings and toys. I’m excited for the gifts,” said Zyan Fisher, 7, one of the attendees.

The stockings came packaged with candy canes, puzzles, games and even a homemade gift from Arwood.

“We are here to help less fortunate children, and we just really try to help the community,” said Tammy Davis, a Hampton Inn employee. “It means a lot to do this, because some kids may not get the opportunity. We get the chance to come and bring them together as one.”

Along with a luncheon, the children were all invited to listen to Pastor Andrew Logue, from Suffolk Bible Baptist Church, tell the story of Christmas with his congregation. The church also gave out gifts to all the children that were in attendance.

“It’s good. It’s something different to have some activities for the kids,” said Erika Cross, a mother of two children at the event.