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LECANTO — It was holiday hugs and squeals and Yuletide high-fives all around as the Santa Stocking Squad from the city of Inverness delivered Christmas stockings to 150 Key Training Center residents last week.
On Wednesday, Inverness city clerk Debbie Davis and assistant to the city clerk Susan Jackson visited Key Center group homes in Inverness and on Thursday they spread holiday cheer in Lecanto — 19 homes in all.
Dressed in festive holiday attire, Davis and Jackson jingled sleigh bells as they approached each home and were greeted warmly.
At Franklin Cottage at the Lecanto campus, Michael Giogi donned a Santa hat, opened the front door and raised his hands in excitement. Jason Isaacs, also at Franklin Cottage, hugged Jackson and Davis.
It was much of the same at each home on the stop.
“A lot of the clients go to my church, First Baptist of Inverness, so I recognize some of their faces,” Jackson said.
Davis said funding for the Santa Stocking Squad project came from several organizations, including the Inverness Rotary Club, Inverness Kiwanis Club, Altrusa, Inverness Olde Towne Association, a local Bunco club and city employee donations. Walgreens donated toothpaste and local dentists provided toothbrushes. Walmart donated the stockings and Ferris Groves donated oranges.
Each stocking was filled with toiletries and candies, plus a stuffed toy.
“It was just a fun thing that we at the city of Inverness did,” Davis said.
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