Winter Wonderland: a Place of Joy, Hope and
Clearwater Fire and Rescue drove Santa Claus to the intersection of Drew Street
and Fort Harrison Avenue on December 7, joining State Senator Mike Fasano, State
Representative Kim Berfield, City Commissioner Frank Hibbard, Assistant City Manager
for Economic Development Ralph Stone, Ms. Kathleen George of the Red Cross and
Rev. Mary Story of the Church of Scientology on the stage of the 10th annual Clearwater
Santa helped them to connect the electricity for the 250,000 lights on 100
live Christmas trees surrounding the 18th-century style Tudor village that filled
the normally vacant lot.
Throughout its 10th season, ending on December 22, Winter Wonderland raised
funds, toys and food that were donated to Red Cross and Homeless Emergency Project
of Everybody's Tabernacle for distribution to children and families in need throughout
Pinellas County. The annual charity drive raises as much as 37 truckloads of food
"The season is about hope and caring about
the people around one."
Children enjoyed ice skating, petting baby animals at the petting zoo, riding
ponies and bouncing in the "Bouncy House." They also visited and had their photo
taken with Santa in his living room, and participated in a variety of crafts on
Mrs. Claus's porch. Live entertainment on stage included magic acts, story telling,
musical groups and special animal acts courtesy of the Lowry Park Zoo and "Celebrity
Animals" of Birds Unlimited.
Winter Wonderland is produced by the Clearwater Community Volunteers of the
Church of Scientology.
"The season is about hope and caring about the people around one," said Joanie
Sigal, chairwoman of Clearwater Community Volunteers. "I'm very proud of the volunteers
who donated weekends and in-between days to help construct this village for families
in the community."
Ms. Sigal said that the volunteers included people of all religious faiths
joined by a common purpose to help others.
“Scientology gave me the tools to enhance my life.”
Scientologists are people who knew life could be better. They are also people
who are able to think for themselves. When they found out that Scientology recognizes
you are a spiritual being, that it enables you to truly know what and who you
are, they decided to examine it further.
And that's why so many millions of people from all walks of life in more than
129 countries are Scientologists today.
Now, armed with practical answers to the mysteries of life, they have real
solutions. Workable methods to make life better. Just like they always knew it
But don't take someone else's word for it.
You can obtain your own copy of the encyclopedic reference work, What is Scientology?,
either hardback or softcover, at your local Church of Scientology or write to,
Public Affairs Director, Church of Scientology, 503 Cleveland Street, Clearwater,
Complimentary copies are available to religious leaders, government officials
and members of the news media at this address.