We are so blessed that Santa comes to our neighborhood each year for pictures with the neighborhood kids. I love that I am able to be a part of this, and that each year we can work to aid a charity like the Pantry during a rough time of year for many families. If you don’t know, the Pantry feeds 70+ families each week and that number often doubles during the holiday weeks. Both Santa and myself donate our time to this event to help the Pantry and we are still accepting canned goods at the Lakeview Clubhouse through the end of the week – but you can donate year round at the Pantry just down the street. (It is at HMUMC, on the corner of Pine Rd and Hog Mountain.)
Part of what makes this event so special is how well Santa connects with the children. If a child is shy, he has conversation to help them open up. If he needs to he will hide behind his chair while they get to sit there with their mom. He is always willing to hug. He will look a child in the eye and truly listen to their thoughts. He can get them laughing. He even includes the bigger kids by having them clutch their belly and ho-ho-ho along with him. Even parents get caught up in the Christmas Spirit when Santa is here.
Here are just a few of the magical moments including posed smiles, laughs, high fives, whispers, hugs, thinking moments and even one with tears… you have to have a few of those each year!
These lovely ladies from the Miss Hamilton Mill pageant were our helpers all day!
This little lady had tears in our eyes – her card asked for such wonderful things such as blankets for animal shelters. Such a sweet sweet heart.
Of course I have to get my own picture with Santa. Have to stay on the nice list! Thank you everyone and thank you Santa. Have a great Christmas season my friends!