The African American Cultural Society has been making Christmas magic for a quarter of a century.
The 25th-annual Holiday Gift-Giving was held on the evening of Friday, Dec. 7. Kids from all over Flagler County were invited to receive presents from Santa Claus at the AACS Center, located at 4422 N. US 1.
Sharon Waring, chairwoman of the Holiday Gift-Giving committee, said AACS supplied gifts for 111 children. The recipients are part of Family Life Center, the Flagler Christmas Network, Mt. Calvary Batist Church, Redlands Christian Migrant Association Head Start and the children of Espanola.
"We've been serving the community for all of these years," Waring said. "People seem to enjoy it, and we enjoy it as well, giving back to the community."
She added that AACS is fortunate to have generous members who donated the money and gifts for the evening.
"I love giving; giving is my joy," Waring said. "To be able to give to this many children, I am elated, ecstatic, all of the above."
AACS President Joseph Matthews welcomed guests and said, "Christmas is a season for love and sharing — something we should be doing year-round."
Aminah Taite-Headspeth sang "Mary, Did You Know?" and Edwina Mezo Brown performed a reading of "The Night Before Christmas."