Plan­ning for Christ­mas in July

Santa’s An­gels an­nounce their sec­ond an­nual Sum­mer Fes­ti­val

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - COMMUNITY -

Santa’s An­gels, a vol­un­teer group from Char­lot­te­town and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, go into the com­mu­nity early Christ­mas morn­ing pro­vid­ing gifts, food and a visit from Santa to fam­i­lies who need a touch of love on that spe­cial day.

The an­gels have been in op­er­a­tion for 11 years, and the pro­gram is grow­ing each year. Be­tween vis­it­ing homes, hos­pi­tals, group homes, long-term care fa­cil­i­ties and the ad­dic­tion cen­tre, they bring smiles to hun­dreds of in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies and chil­dren’s faces each year.

“There is a lot of need in our com­mu­nity and we try to put a lit­tle joy in peo­ple’s lives at a time of year that can be won­der­ful, but also very dif­fi­cult for some

There is a lot of need in our com­mu­nity and we try to put a lit­tle joy in peo­ple’s lives at a time of year that can be won­der­ful, but also very dif­fi­cult for some fam­i­lies. Kenny Zakem

fam­i­lies,” says an­gel’s co-founder and chair­man Kenny Zakem.

With this in mind, the an­gels are an­nounc­ing a rel­a­tively new fundrais­ing ef­fort, their sec­ond an­nual Sum­mer Fes­ti­val, hap­pen­ing Sun­day, July 26, noon to 6 p.m. at Vic­to­ria Park, in the field across from the can­nons.

The day will be a fun event for fam­i­lies and peo­ple of all ages. Kids can play on blow-up boun­cies from Par-T-Per­fect P.E.I., pet live an­i­mals in the pet­ting zoo and get their faces painted. Mr. Magic will per­form on stage as well as plenty of other lo­cal acts such as Joey Kit­son, Stead­fast, Emer­ald Junction and An­gelina MacKin­non to name a few. Those in at­ten­dance will also be able to hang out with the likes of Olaf and Elmo.

Play­ers from the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders hockey team will be there and there will be a dunk tank, po­lice and fire trucks an ob­sta­cle course, lots of food to eat and more.

It is free to en­ter, with some at­trac­tions hav­ing a cost and oth­ers be­ing free. The best part is that Santa will be there giv­ing small presents out to the kids.

The pur­pose of the fes­ti­val, other than hav­ing a fan­tas­tic time, is to bring aware­ness to the Santa’ An­gels pro­ject and to raise funds for Christ­mas 2015.

“We an­tic­i­pate a great day for our or­ga­ni­za­tion and our com­mu­nity on July 26th,” said Zakem.

“Come out and en­joy the beauty of Vic­to­ria Park, our An­gel’s hos­pi­tal­ity and some fun with your fam­i­lies and neigh­bours.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Santa’s An­gels pro­gram, visit www.san­tasan­gels.ca or see them on Face­book.

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