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Terlep Chiropractic Community Appreciation Day

It’s about that time for Santa Claus to start coming to town! Kids of all ages will surely enjoy a trio of Santa-centered gift-giving events here in Hernando County, featuring appearances from Mr. Claus himself of course!

Free photos with Santa will be offered at Terlep Chiropractic’s annual Community Appreciation Day, on Saturday, December 3, from 10 am to 1 pm at 8466 Northcliffe Boulevard, Spring Hill. In addition, the public is encouraged to bring unwrapped toy donations for Toys for Tots and participate in various activities.

Existing patients who bring unwrapped toy donations will receive a voucher for hydrotherapy massage and chiropractic adjustment. New patients will receive a complimentary x-ray, consultation, and exam history.

Aside from Santa’s unique appearance, the event will feature Cali Street tacos, inflatable games, shaved ice, face painting, train rides, and eligibility for raffle prizes.

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“We’ve had this event for more than a decade,” said Kelly Mccrossan, director of outreach at Terlep Chiropractic. “This is an event for the family.”
All toys will benefit children in Hernando County. Terlep gives special thanks to the following:

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Farmer & the Dell
Cali Tacos
The Dentist Place for Kids
Hernando County Education Foundation
Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
WCMI Ortho
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“We’ll have plenty of games and treats for the kids,” said Mccrossan. “And it’s to support Toys for Tots.” For more information, call 352-666-2222 and ask for Danny.

Photos with Santa Paws
Santa will assume a whole new form at the Photos with Santa Paws event to benefit Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 3 pm at Rotary Centennial Dog Park. Guests at Photos with Santa Paws will receive a 4×6 print of their photo with Santa with the donation of $10 cash. Raffles will also be part of this event, where all pets must be leashed.
Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services, Inc., was formed by local animal advocates to enhance the quality of life, increase adoptions and educate the public on behalf of the animals at HCAS. Their services include participating in adoption events, receiving and disbursing funds for the benefit and care of animals in placement, and providing for the additional needs of the animals the county budget cannot cover. Operation Kindness also focuses on community education and outreach, highlighting the responsibilities of pet ownership, including spaying/neutering and raising pets.

“This was the very first fundraiser we held as Operation Kindness for HCAS, Inc. in December 2016. We held the event again in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and then were sidelined for the next two years due to Covid,” said Abby Evert, president of Operation Kindness. “This is our first year back.”
“We have the most authentic Santa who’s been with us since the inception of this event, along with our photographer. The pictures are professional quality and cropped and printed at the event for a $10 cash donation,” said Evert. “We also have raffle baskets and donation tables full of great bargains, with all proceeds, directly benefiting the animals at Hernando County Animal Services.”
And it’s for a great cause. “We provide in-kind and financial support to HCAS to enhance the care of animals in placement,” said Evert, “and provide for the additional needs of the animals the county budget cannot cover, including extraordinary medical procedures, animal-related goods and services and facility upgrades for shelter animals.”

Santa and Foster Children
Santa will meet and greet area foster children at Breakfast with Santa from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Fellowship Community Church, 11250 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. At this event, sponsored by Terlep Chiropractic, registered foster kids will enjoy breakfast, a craft, a visit with Santa, and a gift for each child.

Any foster family in this area can RSVP by emailing [email protected] with
– Family name
– Number of adults attending
– Contact Phone
– Number of Children attending
– Age and Gender of kids (for gifts).

“I think this is our 10th year putting on this event,” said Gloria West Lawson, Executive Director of Fostering Hope Florida, Inc. “It’s typically very well attended, mostly by the foster/adoptive community.” This event is just another opportunity for the man in red to spread plenty of Santa-shine throughout the community.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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