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Santa visits Head Start Center
Long County
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Kala Sanders, 4, gives Santa Claus a big hug Tuesday at the Long County Head Start Center in Ludowici. Two volunteers who were passing out presents for Santa look on. - photo by Mikee Riddle

Though Christmas is four days away, Santa Claus still found time Tuesday to drop by the Long County Head Start Center to pass out a few gifts to the students on hand.

According to center Director Vicky Nelson, the Guardians in Action, which have adopted the Head Start Center, volunteered to have Santa come by and see the children. She said that the Guardians prepared individual gift bags for each of the center’s 40 kids, with four to five presents in each bag.

Earnest Davis, who wore the white beard and red suit during the event, is the club’s president.

“We’re a nonprofit group who try to do what we can for different organizations in both Liberty and Long County,” Davis said. “We help with programs like Head Start, but also events like food drives, too.”

“We appreciate so much what the Guardians in Action did for us today,” Nelson said.

Head Start is a federally funded program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. The Long County center is at 15 Thornton Drive NE in Ludowici. For more information on the program, call 545-2155.

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