Gainesville Little One's Event Celebrates 35 Years of Giving
GAINESVILLE- Toys turkeys and Christmas spirit all part of the 35th annual Gainesville Little One’s ceremony benefiting underprivileged families in need to extra help to make children’s holiday wishes come true.
Gainesville resident, Donald Wise says he's appreciative,“Something that’s better than what we would’ve been able to do for them it’s uplifting and great.”
Coming from humble beginnings himself it’s a feeling GLO founder, Andy Olivas understands,“There were 8 of us at home and Christmas came around and there was just nothing.”
After receiving some holiday kindness from strangers Olivas made it his life goal to make something out of nothing working as a garbage man in Gainesville.
“We’d go around throught the neighborhoods and I’d start picking out toys out of the trash and fix em up one year and put em in the back of the garbage truck with hay, we putta buncha hay up there and dressed the mechanic up like Santa Claus and started delivering toys.”
Now GLO attempts to pick up items on Christmas wishlists for kids, even bikes, more than 30 of them provided by Gainesville Firefighters.
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