Kids in need get a holiday shopping spree
Although tomorrow is Thanksgiving, some already have Christmas in mind. Thanks to an annual initiative called Visions of Sugar Plums, a group of less fortunate kids from Jackson County are getting a much sweeter holiday this year.
Seven-year-old Xanti Clanton will have a lot more under his family Christmas tree this year, thanks to an annual tradition giving less fortunate kids in Jackson County an early Christmas present. “This is my first day going to Walmart with $300.”
Visions of Sugar Plums was started by the owners of Turf Masters in Pascagoula, an annual shopping spree that the city and partners keep going to help families in need through the holidays. “I got presents for my mom and dad and clothes for my little brother Niko,” said Xanti.
Ryan Jordan with Turf Masters said, “Part of the process with this Visions of Sugar Plums is to allow kids to understand it’s easy to be thankful to receive, but the true blessing is giving.”
After shopping for family members, the kids were treated to lunch. Thirteen-year-old Jayda McNeal said “We have a hard time paying for people so I was thankful for everybody doing this for me.”
So, kids left with shopping carts full, bellies full, and full hearts. “Just appreciated everything everyone did and just really happy,” said Jayda.
Happy to now be going home with the gift of giving in mind. “It’s going to be awesome when I see their faces on their faces,” said Xanti.