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Holiday mural unveiled

Cornerback Fernando Bryant, along with many residents of Jacksonville, was on hand to witness the unveiling of the I.M. Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless' holiday card mural. The mural can be seen on the side wall of the downtown building.

Anthony Nelson, 15 years old and designer of the card, is a guest at the center. He is a bright young boy with a creative mind. The card depicts his vision of what his house would look like during the holiday season.

"Anthony, he's a great young kid. When you're around him you sense that he's going to do great things in the community," said Bryant.

The holiday card program began six years ago as a way for the Sulzbacher Center to stay in touch with friends during the holiday season. It has grown into one of the center's most important fundraising events. The funds raised from sales of the card are turned into nights of shelter for many of Jacksonville's homeless men, women and children.

Bryant, serving as honorary chairman for the program, spoke at the unveiling. "This is one of the days I look forward to every year because it's something you can do to give back. I'm very fortunate and my family is very fortunate we never had to go through anything like this. The I.M. Sulzbacher center does a great job."

The people of Jacksonville will get the opportunity to see the card all around town. Clear Channel Outdoor was gracious enough to donate billboard space to showcase this year's card.

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