Fernandina Pirates give up a couple hours of Christmas Day with their own families to celebrate with Joy to the Children.
This year was no exception. 22 Pirates stormed the party for Nassau County families that might otherwise not have had a Christmas without the tremendous volunteer effort put forth by Joy to the Children volunteers.
Pirates passed out Jolly Roger footballs, skull-n-crossbones beach balls, pirate rings, pirate bandanas and pirate swords that were really ink pens. The kids enjoyed it when the Pirates tied doo-rags on their heads and gave some of the children Pirate names such as Captain Kyle and Dashing David.
Youth of all ages, including some wide-eyed pirates listened intently as Bill Raser read the story of Jesus’ birth. With an estimated 175 children in attendance with their families, it still took a couple of tries to shout Merry Christmas loud enough for Santa to hear us! Answering the call, Santa and Mrs. Claus entered the room to the applause and squeals of delighted children and Pirates alike!
This Christmas Day celebration helps children right here in our own community and we look forward to attending each and every year!