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Tis the season for the ACBC Holiday Party (Photo gallery)

ACBC Holiday Party - TJS_6291Since 1986, Aluminum Cans for Burned Children has hosted a holiday party to reunite patient families of Akron Children’s burn center with their care takers.

At this year’s party on Dec. 7, more than 300 people – 25 staff members and 66 patient families including 72 burn survivors  – gathered at St. George’s Family Center in Fairlawn for fun and food.

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The kids – as well as the kids at heart – enjoyed entertainment and activities such as tattoos, caricatures, balloon making, clowns and juggling.

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A very important guest – Santa – also joined the festivities. Santa, aka James Hipp, was once a burn patient himself and has been handing out gifts for 10 years.

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Thanks to ongoing fundraisers throughout the year, Santa was able to hand out 110 gifts and provide gifts for some of the kids who are currently healing in the unit.

Millie Thompson

Millie Thompson

After a hot lunch and dessert, everyone was ready for the traditional adult holiday raffle.

Among the most popular items to be raffled were the beautiful quilts made by burn survivor Millie Thompson. Since 2006, Thompson has donated 36 quilts to the raffle.

ACBC hosted several fundraisers throughout the year to make this party possible, including a reverse raffle in October, a car show in July, and ongoing fundraisers like the aluminum can collections.

ACBC also counts on the generosity of other groups for donations. Also helping to support the party this year were the Twinsburg Library, Canton Magnolia Dragstrip, Northeast Ohio Camero Club, and the Barley House in Cleveland.