Santa treats 400 kids at Kids Day

Clif Knight

Hartselle Enquirer

Christmas came early for an estimated 400 kids who received wrapped gifts and bags of fruit and candy from Santa Claus during the 74th annual Kids Day program at Sparkman Civic Center in Hartselle on Fri., Dec. 9.

Sponsored by John F. Thompson American Legion Post 52, the event included Hartselle Head Start, where 74 pre-school age students received gifts on Mon., Dec. 10.

K-4 students from Sparkman, Falkville, Danville and Eva Schools arrived at the civic center between 8:30 and 9 a.m.  where they took seats in the bleachers, feasted their eyes on big boxes filled with gifts and a decorated Christmas tree and waited anxiously for Santa’s arrival. 

With shouts of Ho-Ho-Ho and Merry Christmas, Santa greeted a jubilant crowd of his fans as he crossed the auditorium floor and took his seat in a big red chair next to the Christmas tree.

One by one, the kids were called by name and came forward to visit with Santa and receive an age appropriate wrapped gift and candy cane from Santa’s helper. Behind them volunteers worked to make sure the right gift got into the hands of each child.

Bright smiles and quizzical expressions were reflected on the faces of the children as they held their gifts tightly, shook them and guessed what might be inside. Each child received a bag of fruit and candy as they left the building to reload on buses and head back to school.

Members of the legion post’s Auxiliary played an important part in the program. They wrapped the gifts on Thursday and helped with the gift giving the next day.

“We had 10 adult volunteers,” said Bob Train, post commander. “They did everything that needed to be done and demonstrated a caring and giving spirit throughout.”

Her said legionnaires began planning the project in September by sending our invitations through the schools and had a participation list in hand in October. Afterwards, they went shopping at Dixieland Toys in Huntsville for gifts and purchased wrapping supplies from the Dollar Tree in Hartselle.

“The kids were a joy to watch as they met with Santa and received their gifts,” said Beverly Train who served as Santa’s helper. “They wanted so much to tear off the wrapping and find out what their gifts were even though they were instructed to wait until they returned to their buses.”

“The wheelchair bound kids from Sparkman School each received a stuffed animal to go along with their gift from Santa,” said Bob Train. “To see them hug the animals really got next to me.”

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