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The Suffield League made certain the town hall was festive and aglow with decorated trees by the Madison Walker Family, Girl Scout Troop No. 178, the United Church of Christ Men's Fellowship and the Suffield Township Historical Society.
The trees, along with food baskets, were later delivered to various homes in the area. The lively Field Chorus entertained with our favorite Christmas carols.
The long-awaited event of the evening was talking to Santa. Giving his reindeer a rest for the evening, Santa arrived at the Suffield Town Hall by Suffield fire engine, with loud sirens and flashing lights. Santa was greeted by a crowd of about 200, the majority of whom were excited and anxiously waiting children.
The children sat on Santa's lap, advising him of their "wish list" of what they would love to receive for Christmas. Many had brought along their long prepared lists so he could not forget. Elves handed out candy canes and then the children got to pick out presents from a wonderful array of gifts Santa's helpers brought for the evening.
The children were treated to hot cocoa and a variety of cookies. After enjoying their treats, everyone had an opportunity to look at the display of the coloring contest entrees.
Thank you to all the children who entered; all the colored pictures showed beautiful artistic talent. The judges had to make a difficult decision, but here are the winners:
Winner of 5 years and under was McKenna Taylor
Winner of 6-year-old range was Anthony Schwind (Suffield Elementary)
Winner of 7-year-old range was Lydia Cundiff (Brimfield Elementary)
Winner of 8-year-old range was Cole Muncy (Suffield Elementary) This is second year for Cole to win.
Winner of 9-year-old range was Elaina Sheeler (Suffield Elementary)
Winner of 10-to 12-year-old range was Alexsa Hurd (Suffield Elementary)
The winners received McDonald's gift cards.
The visit with Santa evening was sponsored by the Suffield League. The Suffield Township Historical Society "Elves" provided the refreshments. The greatest contribution of the evening was the generous toy donation by the Madison Walker family.
The family and friends enjoyed helping the children pick out the perfect gift and appreciated the thanks and smiles of the children. The Madison family feels blessed by the support they receive every year for the annual Madison Walker Toy Run and wished to give back to the community.
Girl Scout Troop No. 178 has also provided some comfort and Christmas cheer to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.
The girls earned money to make 20 fleece blankets and got 25 stuffed animals to send to the Union Beach, N.J. area.
These thoughtful and useful gifts will certainly be appreciated by the children affected by the disaster. They worked in unison with the Lions Club of Suffield and New Jersey Lions Club to bring their idea to fruition.
If you need gifts for people that have everything or just great stocking stuffers, the Suffield League is selling T-shirts displaying many local Suffield images and the Historical Society is selling a beautiful calendar with portraits of past and present images. Both are certain to be well-received.
For information, contact Judy Calcei at 330-628-2017.
For Suffield news, contact Pauline Persons at 330-628-3994 or firstname.lastname@example.org.