Christmas Party at Restore Orlando, 1995

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Christmas Party at Restore Orlando, 1995

Alternative Title

Christmas Party at Restore Orlando


Orlando (Fla.)


Members of the community at Christmas party at Restore Orlando waiting for Santa Clause to arrive. The annual party featured Christmas trees, decorations and a bounce house. Members of the Orlando Magic, K-Mart, and other boosters often donated gifts, such as bicycles and bags of toys. Presents were unwrapped, so parents could be involved in the acquisition and wrapping of the gifts. Santa would arrive in a helicopter, truck bed, or some other vehicle in order to elicit an excited response from the kids.

Created by Jerry Applebee and Polly Applebee in 1994, the Restore Orlando's after-school program organized outings such as horseback riding and helicopter rides. The Applebees were affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene in the Parramore neighborhood of Downtown Orlando, Florida. Dedra Jenkins fought to have a basketball court built for the older children at Kaley Square Park across the street. Originally, owners of the church and park did not want a court because they feared it would be a place where drug dealers would congregate.

This photograph, taken by an unknown volunteer at the program, was originally discarded, along with other similar photographs, and then found by a local resident near the Emmanuel Fellowship and Worship Center, which is located at the former site of Restore Orlando. The collection was given to the contributor, Dedra Jenkins.


Original 3 x 5 inch color photograph, December 1995: Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins.

Date Created

ca. 1995-12-24


Jenkins, Dedra

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 3 x 5 inch color photograph, December 1995.

Is Part Of

Parramore Collection, Orlando Collection, Orange County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




3 x 5 inch color photograph




Still Image


Restore Orlando, Holden-Parramore, Downtown Orlando, Florida

Accrual Method



History Teacher
Geography Teacher


Originally owned by Dedra Jenkins.

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Dedra Jenkins and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Parramore History Harvest


Raffel, Sara

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Dedra Jenkins

External Reference

Thompson, Geraldine Fortenberry. Orlando Florida. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2003.
"Carver Park: An Orlando Housing Authority HOPE VI Community." Orlando Housing Authority. Accessed 13 April 2016.
Shanklin, Mary. "Grand Opening of Carver Park." The Orlando Sentinel, September 12, 2009. Accessed 13 April 2016.



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