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Generous efforts mean more smiling faces come Christmas morning

Published Dec. 14, 2014

In an effort to add to the holidays, I bring glad tidings to …

all the folks who will step up for Toys for Tots, including Tatyana Frost and Bob Savage, and Herb and Jan Donica.

For the third consecutive year, Frost and Savage co-produced the Brandon Holiday Charity Ball that netted toys and raised money for the U.S. Marine Corps' annual Christmas effort.

Meanwhile, the Donicas opened up their Davis Islands home for a Toys for Tots party for the 15th consecutive year.

If I had a magic wand, I would allow these generous folks to see all the happy faces they create on Christmas mornings.

to Eckerd College assistant professor of marine science and biology Koty Sharp, whose research into a type of clams known as shipworms may result in the discovery of a new biofuel. I love science.

to former Rays manager Joe Maddon, who extended his annual Thanksmas event another year even though his new employer resides on the north side of Chicago. I hope Maddon maintains his relationship with the community.

to the reader who sent me this bumper sticker: "Sometimes I Wake Up Grumpy — And Some Days I Let Him Sleep."

to Reshea, the mechanic at Advantage Tire and Auto in Oldsmar, for fixing my wife's car without taking her to the cleaners. Few things are more difficult to locate than a good mechanic.

to the rocking singers from Seffner Presbyterian Church, who braved some chilly weather Saturday night to grace residents with a Christmas carol concert in an empty lot at the corner of Windhorst and Kingsway roads. Musical notes sound good even when they're frosty.

That's all I'm saying.


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