Surrounded by festive evergreen trees and pink flamingos, families will enjoy an unseasonably warm Winter Wonderland experience on the Marietta Square. Kids will enjoy sending letters to the North Pole and taking a photo with “tropical” Santa from 10 a.m.-noon. In exchange for a professional digital photo by Hadley(s) Photography, a toy or cash donation benefiting Cobb Christmas is requested. Also featured: artists painting reindeer; summer music by the Strand Ole Opry and a major donation presentation to the Center for Family Resources by Santa himself.
Christmas in July is a companion event to the square’s Winter Wonderland event in December, created to celebrate the presentation of a major donation to the Center for Family Resources. The donation is made possible by Blue Sky Exhibits, a company that waives its Winter Wonderland production fee in support of the nonprofit.
“The CFR empowers families in our community,” said Don Keller, CEO of Blue Sky Exhibits. “They meet short-term and long-term needs, temporarily supporting families financially while they pursue opportunities to support themselves and their children in the future. It’s a tough program. You get a caseworker and they expose everything – your relationships, your job, your finances, your kids and your kids’ grades. It’s revealing and humbling. But every client who’s been through it says it has changed their life forever.”
According to the Center for Family Resources, its mission is to move people to self-sufficiency through financial stabilization, housing and education.