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GWCCC Provides Free Christmas Dinner to Community

By Jackie Holfelder

On December 17, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center (GWCCC) offered its free annual Christmas Dinner at the nonprofit’s Lake Street location.

At the end of the evening, GWCCC volunteers and staff were exhausted but gratified to have shared thousands of plated dinners with local residents.

Help came from lots of Christmas angels, including Martin County Commissioner Stacey Hetherington, GWCCC parents Suzie and Oscar Gilbert, recently-retired U.S. Army veteran Tequilla Mincey, and Joe and Cindy Sesta.

Martin Cares, Law Office of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary PLLC, and Cleveland Clinic Martin Health were major contributors to the success of the dinner.

Toy baskets that were chockful of goodies were raffled off. Joe Sesta was the winner of the boy basket and Rhonda McClain winner of the girl basket.

The Mission Statement of GWCCC talks about its commitment to youngsters: “Believing all children are creative and energetic, Gertrude Walden Child Care Center, together with the Executive Board, staff, parents and community will be an exemplary model of early childhood that will empower all young children to become effective, enthusiastic and socially competent learners.”

But it also enriches the entire community by offering events such as the free Christmas Community Dinner. To learn more, visit

Photos by Ethan deVriend



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