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December 15, 2012
Crary Buchanan staff doubling as Santa’s elves

Crary Buchanan Attorneys at Law got into the holiday spirit in a big way this year.

The staff at the Stuart law firm voted recently to sponsor all the children residing in Hibiscus Children’s Center’s Jensen Beach shelter via the facility’s “Santa’s Elves” program.

“I am really proud of our staff for taking this on,” said Jennifer Williamson, a partner at Crary Buchanan and member of the Hibiscus Children’s Center Martin County Foundation Board.

“It was a unanimous decision among our 20 staff people and 14 attorneys.”

The Hibiscus Children’s Center’s annual Santa’s Elves program traditionally supplies one ornament and their “wish list” on it for each child in their care to distribute to members of the community willing to provide a Christmas for that child. Late Christmas Eve, after everyone is snugly tucked into bed, those gifts are laid out under the center’s tree. Come morning the halls reverberate with peals of delight as wrapping paper flies.

It’s never certain if all the children will be sponsored, but this year there will be no concerns about that.

“We are especially grateful to Crary Buchanan for taking this project on this year,” said Tracy Natiello-Savoia, director of marketing and special events for Hibiscus Children’s Center. “It is a wonderful testament to our community’s generosity and giving spirit, especially since in the past few years many businesses have scaled down their donations. I’m unaware of any company that ever did this before.”

Dan Braden, president of Hibiscus Children’s Center Martin County Foundation Board, added: “It is always amazing to me, that year after year our citizens — and especially our business leaders such as Crary Buchanan — continue to step up and help those in our community through their generosity.”

And while Crary Buchanan has pledged to cover all the children in the Jensen Beach shelter, they are happy to share the privilege with the public, noted Williamson.

“The ornaments will be placed around the front desk of our Stuart office, and anyone interested can stop by the office and choose a child,” she said.

Sponsors are asked to provide an educational toy such as a book, one complete outfit including shoes, and three other gifts that the children have asked for.

[Revised: 11-15-2013]