GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - When you make sweets, you make smiles, usually the messier, the better. That’s just part of the fun.
Airiana Houthton of Gulfport knows what she likes.
“Everything,” she said.
The event is called “Looking for a Christmas Miracle," and Sunday, thanks to the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport, 61 children and their families found one. The event has been a project of the Junior Auxiliary of Gulfport for more than 10 years.
“It brings such joy to me as a member and also our chapter,” said member Kimberly Aguillard. “It’s good to give back. We all consider ourselves very blessed, and it’s our opportunity to give back to our community, to bring a little joy at Christmas time."
The children were selected from three schools.
Houthton got the point.
“Because we get to have family time together," she said.
Her mom Betty Walker was equally appreciative.
“It’s absolutely magical. It’s amazing,” she said. “As soon as you walk in, you can feel the cheer, the joy, all the smiles. It’s just amazing. I love it. They love it. Very thankful we got a chance to be here today.”
Among the highlights was a performance of “A Kids Christmas Carol,” a version of the classic written by members of WINGS Performing Arts.
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center hosted the program.
“Not only do they get to the crafts and things that JA ladies have decided to do with them, but they get to visit the museum,” said Salina Domino Sullivan, event coordinator at Lynn Meadows. “And sometimes, it might be the first time that they’ve been to the museum. So, watching the joy on this family’s face is absolutely marvelous.”