2018 Holiday Season/MistleToes Make Merry

November 12, 2018

Warm hearts will make for some warm little feet thanks to Kristina Griffin, Training and Development Specialist in Jacksonville, FL. She’s leading her office’s effort to gather lots of new pairs of children-sized socks for the J.P. Hall Children’s Charities in that city. Calling it the “MistleToes” drive, Kristina and her Associates will donate the socks – cozy-warm for babies and toddlers, fun patterns for teens – at the charity organization’s annual Christmas party on December 15.

The Hall Children’s Charities were founded in the late 1970s by the son of a longtime sheriff of Clay County who was known for helping underprivileged children. His love for children stayed in the family: The organization now is run by the late sheriff’s granddaughter.

The Christmas Party is open to any Clay County resident. Children from newborn to age 14 can visit with Santa at the party and receive a bag of three new toys (based on age). New and restored bikes are given out on a first-come/first-claimed basis. Free clothing is available for all family members, thanks to a partnership with Orange Park Clothes Closet and, this year, to Kristina Griffin’s MistleToes drive.

Kristina says she was inspired to initiate the drive because many Associates live in Clay County and are familiar with the Hall Children’s Charities.

"Around the holidays it’s easy to think about kids needing toys, but we can forget they also need basic necessities," says Kristina. "Being a new mother, it broke my heart to think of any child being without warm socks for the winter. The MistleToes drive will hopefully be an annual event we’ll do in the Jacksonville office to help give back to the communities where we live and work, so we can make a difference for children in need."

Donation boxes for new pairs of socks can be found at the entrances to Suites 201 and 208 in our Jacksonville location.