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Santa in the Summer makes sure children in need have Christmas in December

Amarillo, TX - Most people probably aren't thinking about buying Christmas presents right now, but that is not the case for one local organization that gives gifts to thousands of needy children in our area.

Saturday evening the Eveline River's Christmas Project is hosting the 11th annual Santa in the Summer party, which is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

In 2013, more than 9,000 children received a present because of the Eveline River's Christmas Project and this year that number is expected to grow. "Every year we continue to grow in the number of Christmas gifts we give out each year," said Santa in the Summer co-chair Kelly Simpson. "We definitely have to try and work a little harder each year to try and raise more money to cover all the needs that are out there in the community."

Santa in the Summer aims to raise about $120,000 in just one night so they can purchase enough presents this Christmas. "There is a huge need. A lot of children in our community are in the lower-economic status. And so there is a need and the families are reaching out to us more and more to help them with Christmas," said Simpson.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. at their warehouse at 314 S. Jefferson. The party will include a fajita dinner, live music from the Velvet Funk Band, and casino tables. This year's silent and live auction also has some big ticket items the organization hopes will attract a crowd.

"We have tickets to a Justin Timberlake concert that is coming up in a few months, we have great trips to Cabo San Lucas we would love everyone to try for, and we have some wonderful painted furniture by a local artist here in town. Just come out for a great time, lots of food and lots of people. We're planning for a big turn out. So we're hoping that everyone can make it and have a great time," said Simpson.

Tickets to Santa in the Summer are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. For more information, you can contact the Eveline River's Christmas Project at 806-372-3985.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10
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