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A Christmas Tale

A Christmas Tale

This year, the Tutwiler Public Adjusters’ sleigh-team went all-out
To reward many kiddos who were all good and had no pout!

Bringing downtown Tampa much needed holiday joy and cheer
To over 150 children, whose school was near.
All were there - Santa, his elves, helpers and Roscoe the red-nosed Reindeer.

Basic necessities were brought
Such as hundreds of pounds of clothing and items, which Tutwiler sought.

But the Tutwiler team did not stop there
They collected Christmas cookies & juice boxes for all to share.

All the boys and girls were SO surprised,
as can be seen by their big ol’ bright open EYES!

Happy Holidays to all from the Tutwiler Public Adjusters team.

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