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Clearwater Community Volunteers to Provide Underprivileged Students Free Activities in Winter Wonderland

The Clearwater Community Volunteers host the 20th annual Winter Wonderland celebration and help send students to the holiday extravaganza. The display is up through Dec. 23.

Clearwater Community Volunteers’ 20th Annual Winter Wonderland in Downtown Clearwater provides Tampa Bay residents with holiday cheer and activity during the month-long festivities.

While admission is free, some activities cost between $1-$3. Some children may not have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the events due to financial troubles, but thanks to the CCV and Bob Dillinger’s “Nourish to Flourish” program, kids from a local Pinellas county elementary school will have the chance to participate.

Due to the inspiration from L. Ron Hubbard’s “Love and Help Children” precept, Winter Wonderland not only provides entertainment to the community, but the Clearwater Community Volunteers will be accepting food to be given to the Homeless Emergency Project, and toys to families with kids in the Nourish to Flourish program founded by Public Defender Bob Dillinger. Dillinger's “Nourish to Flourish” program provides food to unfortunate children who don’t have food except during school-time by sending a tray of food home with them on the weekends. Each tray costs approximately $4 and for less than $200 a year, one child will be fed every weekend during the school year.  

This year, the children participating in Nourish to Flourish at a local elementary school will be able to enjoy all the activities at Winter Wonderland free of charge. CCV will coordinate with the children’s parents to send them home with Christmas gifts to surprise them Christmas morning.

This family fun holiday display is open weekends from 6-9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at the north west corner of Ft. Harrison Avenue and Drew Street in Downtown Clearwater through Dec. 23.

Each weekend Winter Wonderland boasts a sparking holiday display with tens of thousands of lights covering 100 trees, plus charmingly decorated alpine cottages in the village. Volunteers from all over Pinellas county join together to give back to the community, as well as help people in need, while celebrating the holiday season.

Activities this year include:

  • Photos with Santa
  • Cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus
  • Petting zoo with pony rides
  • Train rides
  • Bouncy house, giant slide, playground
  • Stage entertainment
  • Hot Chocolate Shop

Entrance to Winter Wonderland is free, but visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or canned goods. Winter Wonderland closes Sunday, Dec. 23.

For more information, visit www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org

About Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV):

Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) is a non-profit, charitable organization, made up entirely of volunteers and was founded by parishioners of the Church of Scientology in Clearwater.  CCV produces the huge Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park in Clearwater every Spring and “Winter Wonderland” – an annual holiday charity drive in downtown Clearwater featuring 5 village buildings, 100 live pine trees, a fully functioning stage with entertainment, tens of thousands of tiny white lights, pony & train rides, a playground, a giant slide and bouncy house, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. CCV gets their inspiration from the quote by L Ron Hubbard, "Love and Help Children."  CCV has raised over $150,000 over the past 16 years for charities such as Nourish to Flourish, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa, Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Children's Home, Inc., the oldest orphanage in Tampa.  For more information, visit www.clearwatercommunityvolunteers.org

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Sallie December 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Scientology at Christmastime. What a crock. google: The Unfunny Truth About Scientology; Ex-Scientology Kids; Kyle Brennan; Shawn Lonsdale; Paulette Cooper. And how come Scientology can spend millions of dollars buying buildings in Clearwater, but they can't take decent care of their own Sea Org and they can only muster up $9,375 per year for multiple charities? Scientology is about the money, money, money.
DeElizabethan December 21, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Nothing is Free from Scientology. You will pay one way or another. Many have paid with their life. See the above and include Lisa McPherson and others, in the costs.
afra December 22, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Strange how Ms. Harney is boasting that: "While admission is free, some activities cost between $1-$3. Some children may not have the opportunity to take advantage of all of the events due to financial troubles, but thanks to the CCV and Bob Dillinger’s “Nourish to Flourish” program, kids from a local Pinellas county elementary school will have the chance to participate." Whatever those activities are that cost $1 to $3 are also "free" -- it's just that the cult is charging for them as a fundraiser. I would put it differently than Ms. Harney and say that admission is free, and the activities are free for everyone with the exception of people the cult thinks it will be able to fleece.

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