Christmas comes early at Neighbor to Neighbor

December 21, 2016 by

The kids all got a chance to sit on Santa’s lap, and each received a present picked out especially for him or her.

About 20 children got an early visit from St. Nick this afternoon, at Neighbor to Neighbor’s annual “Santa Party.” And as a special treat for the kids, Mrs. Claus joined in the festivities.

The holiday party has become a tradition for the three sisters who founded and operate Neighbor to Neighbor. Today, Sisters Jean Befort and Ramona Medina stayed downstairs to host a lunch for parents and other invited guests while Sister Pat McLennon, assistant Myrna Shelton and Neighborhood Initiatives director Kathleen Norman served lunch, played games and worked to keep the children entertained until Santa’s arrival.

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Once Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived, any thoughts of needed naps or sibling rivalries were set aside. Each child had a chance to sit on the Big Guy’s lap, have a photo taken and receive a gift selected just for him or her. But while all of the kids were excited by the idea of Santa and gifts, a few were less than enthusiastic about actually sitting on his lap or going anywhere near him. Everyone got a gift nonetheless. Parents will also receive a photo of their child and children with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Each year, the Sisters and staff at the downtown center send out “Santa Party” invitations to children who are regularly part of Neighbor to Neighbor’s weekly activities, as a way to ensure that each child has a chance to visit with Santa.

Other days of the year Santa is known as Bob Valcoure, while Mrs. Claus’s friends call her Karen Driscoll.


One Response to “Christmas comes early at Neighbor to Neighbor”

  1. Jodi Creten on December 22nd, 2016 11:35 am

    Neighborly thing to do. Keep up the great work.

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