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At Wimauma Elementary, Santa’s sleigh was an 18-wheeler from Amazon

Published on: December 14, 2017

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By MITCH TRAPHAGEN

Wimauma Elementary School Principal Ismael Lebron-Bravo expressed his surprise and gratitude when he spoke of the call he received from Amazon just before the Thanksgiving break: His school would be the recipient of $15,000 in technology, clothing and much-needed classroom supplies. Representatives from the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin, along with their 18-wheel sleigh, turned out to hand deliver the gifts to teachers and students on Monday, intended to fulfill holiday wish lists. Santa Claus was on hand to chat with the children before the program began.

Robert Packett, general manager of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin, spoke about giving, wished everyone in attendance happy holidays and then he, along with his team members, went to work handing out classroom gifts to teachers, which ranged from tablets to educational toys.

Afterwards, Amazon employees, teachers and students gathered for holiday festivities.

The $15,000 gift was part of Amazon’s #DeliveringSmiles program in which Amazon employees deliver needed gifts to families and organizations within the communities in which employees live. The program runs through Dec. 19. For more, follow @amazonnews on Twitter, with the hashtag #DeliveringSmiles, or visit Amazon at www.amazon.com.

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Robert Packett, general manager of the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Ruskin, helps one happy teacher find her wish list gifts.

School children at Wimauma Elementary react to seeing tables full of gift from Amazon.

Wimauma Elementary School Principal Ismael Lebron-Bravo speaks to students in front of tables filled with gifts from Amazon, ranging from Amazon Fire Tablets to educational games.

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