Santa took time out from his busy pre-Christmas schedule to spend an hour Wednesday with the children at Neighbor to Neighbor. Also taking a break from her North Pole duties was one of his elves, who told the excited kids that Saint Nick had swung by earlier to drop off a box of presents.
The “Santa party” is designed specifically for the families that come to Neighbor to Neighbor throughout the year, said Sister Pat McLennon, one of the three Sisters of St. Joseph who operate the center. It’s a special treat for both the children and their families, she said.
This was Santa’s third year visiting the kids just before Christmas. The rest of the year he is known as Bill Valcoure of Concordia. His elf helper is more often known as Lois Lervold, who works in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Initiatives office.