Group brings cheer to homeless veterans


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Tim Morris, also known as Santa Claus, has brought smiles to homeless veterans and their families for more than 10 years.

Klinton Landress

One group is not forgetting homeless veterans during the Christmas holiday. National Veterans Homeless Support’s (NVHS) program called Warm, Full, Safe helps and celebrates with the men, women and children.

“We’ve actually had them in tears,” said George Taylor, the founder and CEO of NVHS. “They’re overwhelmed with Santa.”

The nonprofit organization, dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans, each year, houses more than two dozen homeless men and their families for two days during Christmas. The homeless are treated to big meals, a party and gifts, including clothes, supplies and other needs, during their two-day stay in a Titusville motel. Some are later moved into transitional housing operated by NVHS.

“Just seeing the smiles on their faces makes my Christmas,” said Tim Morris, aka Santa Claus. “I get tremendous enjoyment out of it. It’s just great seeing the guys together.”

Morris, an Air Force veteran, has been the Santa for the NVHS Warm, Full, Safe program since its inception10 years ago.

Taylor said the organization also will deliver meals and presents to nine families with 14 children.

“We spoil them at Christmas with presents and clothes,” he said.

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