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Kamin Furniture donates goods to veteran's family for Christmas (w/video)

By Sonny Long
Dec. 23, 2013 at 6:23 a.m.
Updated Dec. 24, 2013 at 6:24 a.m.

Santa Claus, also known as Buddy Kamin, embraces Cynthia Perez after telling her that her family is receiving a house full of furniture. Listening are Perez's daughter, Talitha, and husband, Jesse.

Talitha Perez tore into the plastic covering the new dresser in her new bedroom in her new house.

"It's awesome, epic and beautiful," said the 12-year-old.

On Monday, Talitha and her parents, Jesse and Cynthia Perez, were the recipients of the annual Kamin Furniture giveaway.

"This is a very deserving family," said Buddy Kamin, who donned his Santa Claus suit for the 27th consecutive year and arrived via a county fire truck, siren blaring.

"He is a veteran, and she is a cancer survivor. They are very deserving."

The Perezes can certainly use the new furniture because they also received the keys to a new-to-them house on North Main Street on Monday.

The family, which includes an older son who has since moved away, had been living in a two-bedroom mobile home for the last 15 years.

They were able to move into the new home immediately with the assistance of some people who know a little about home finance.

"He qualified for a VA loan but was told the application process could take weeks.

"I made some calls, and we got them approved within 20 minutes," said Brian Ferguson, owner of We Buy and Sell Real Estate.

"We came over and looked at the house. It needed appliances. It needed blinds, some other things.

"Volunteers from Faith Family Church and our company worked over the weekend to get it ready," Ferguson said.

The bounty from Kamin's included bedroom, living room and dining room furniture.

Kamin said he also received a call from a couple in town who wanted to be Santa's helpers.

"Here's a check from them for $5,000," Kamin said, presenting a blown up facsimile of the check to Jesse Perez.

"Thank you, God," Jesse Perez, 59, said. "I thank God for all of you."

"I'm overwhelmed. This is the work of God," said Cynthia Perez, 53. "Only He could have made this happen.

"It's the best Christmas ever."

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