Just like the women who will be revitalized within its walls, the former Gray Gables house on Gloucester Street - now the Grace House - has been reborn.
Stepping inside beyond its beautiful doors decked in Christmas wreaths was a sight to behold Friday during the official open house for the women's rehabilitation facility.
A warmth that glowed throughout the Victorian house, but it had nothing to do with its beautiful holiday decor. It came from the many people exclaiming about the home's transformation and the exquisite rooms.
Even Linda Lowe, founder and executive director, was abuzz with excitement at seeing the finished product.
"I'm exhausted. I've been moving non-stop," she said with a laugh, describing the work that's gone into prepping the house over the last two weeks. "I feel awesome. Last night, I had put the holiday lights on the bushes outside and I'd rode around the corner to take a drive around the house and thought, 'Isn't that pretty?' It makes me proud."
KINGSLAND -- Dozens of Marines, sailors and civilians drove their motorcycles to the Kmart parking lot on Ga. 40 in Kingsland Friday to make Christmas a happy one for children whose families can't afford to put much under the tree.
The toys are distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children.
In return for their gifts, donors were allowed to participate in a group ride to Dave & Buster's in Jacksonville.
Ride organizer John Fenstermacher, a petty officer 1st class at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, suggested the idea as a way to encourage more people to support Toys for Tots. He said they gathered at the Kmart store because it's always been a strong supporter of the program. Customers can donate a toy inside the store, he said.
Managers at Dave & Buster's offered to open 30 minutes early, have the grill ready and provide discounts for games and food, Fenstermacher said.