(Nov. 30, 2018) Christmas cheer, music and festivities await guests during Believe in Tomorrow’s second annual “Magic of Christmas” event at Seacrets on 49th Street from 2-5 p.m., this Saturday.
“I wanted to do something family friendly people could bring their children and it wouldn’t cost them any money,” Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program, said. “I just want people to come and have fun for the holidays. It was magic, that’s why I use the word … it was just priceless.”
Photos with Santa Claus and his elf helpers, a screening of “The Grinch” and face painting are some of the free activities in store.
All eight members of the Believe in Tomorrow Prom Court will have tables set up to raise money for the fundraising competition which ends early February.
“We have a wonderful group of children volunteers from the 2024 Girl’s Saltwater lacrosse team,” Littleton said. “They will come in and do activities with the children. There will be sand dollars so they can make Christmas ornaments.”
Seashell City is donating 75 sand dollars to make the festive ornaments. Seacrets will offer food and drinks throughout the event.
Last year, 100 guests attended the inaugural festivities.
“People were coming up and saying, ‘Oh my god what a great event,’” Littleton said. “It was priceless and magical.”
In addition to the no-cost activities, there will also be a silent auction and Christmas bazaar, as well as mystery boxes, which cost $10 each and hold prizes ranging from gift cards to jewelry donated by Park Place Jewelers. One lucky winner will find a black onyx necklace.
This is the first year for the Christmas bazaar.
The bazaar will feature jewelry, Christmas decorations and accessories, books and electronics.
“I’ve never done one before. This should be interesting,” Littleton said. “Everything offered is going to be priced low, so the kids can shop too. I want all the children to walk out with something.”
Another new feature is the mystery candy bars, priced at $5. Some of the candy has secret prizes inside, such as gift cards, a ticket to have breakfast with Santa – another event held by Believe in Tomorrow on Saturday, Dec. 15 – or a chance to win a stuffed animal.
Believe in Tomorrow is also partnering with PetSmart in Berlin, which is donating stuffed animals so every child can bring a gift home.
According to Littleton, the silent auction will feature decorations, jewelry, clothing and other items still being collected as of earlier this week.
“It’s going to be a hodgepodge of everything,” he said. “I’m hoping it will grow bigger and bigger every year.”
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation provides hospital and respite housing services to critically ill children and their families. Since 1982, Believe in Tomorrow has provided over 900,000 individual overnight accommodations, from every state in the U.S. and more than 82 countries worldwide.
The Believe in Tomorrow facility on 66th Street in Ocean City is open year-round to provide a free getaway to the beach for critically ill children and their families whenever they may need to escape the stresses of their child’s illness.
Each of the four condos feature kid-friendly décor and paintings with at least two bedrooms, a full bathroom, a fully-stocked kitchen, living and dining room areas.
Families can also vacation at the Believe in Tomorrow House in Fenwick Island and House by the Bay on 28th Street.
Learn more about Believe in Tomorrow at http://believeintomorrow.org or call Littleton at 443-978-0680.