Santa to make stop at Dayspring Fire Depart­ment

South Shore Breaker - - Sports - PETER SIMP­SON pe­ter_simp­[email protected]­

Santa Claus will soon be mak­ing a visit to Dayspring in a fire truck, de­light­ing chil­dren of all ages.

For more than 40 years, chil­dren whose fam­i­lies re­side in com­mu­ni­ties served by the Dayspring and District Fire Depart­ment have at­tended fun-filled Christ­mas par­ties at the fire hall. This year’s free event will be held Satur­day, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Par­ents who took part in the fes­tiv­i­ties as chil­dren are now tak­ing their kids to the party. Grand­par­ents even join in on the fun. Re­gard­less of age, the party is three hours of pure en­joy­ment.

Each year, the Aux­il­iary Com­mit­tee in­tro­duces a new at­trac­tion to keep things fresh for the chil­dren who at­tend ev­ery year. This year, in ad­di­tion to a colour­ing con­test, candy jar guess­ing game and treats from Santa, there will be a magic show fea­tur­ing The Amaz­ing Mr. J.

Pauline Crouse has been a mem­ber of the fire depart­ment’s Aux­il­iary Com­mit­tee for more than 48 years and has vol­un­teered as colour­ing con­test co­or­di­na­tor since the first chil­dren’s party.

“I just love watch­ing the chil­dren colour, es­pe­cially the lit­tle ones. They scrib­ble all over the page then hand their work to me. Oth­ers fin­ish half the draw­ing then ask Mom or Dad to help. The older kids are very good at colour­ing and are proud of their cre­ations,” said Crouse, of Up­per La­have.

“Be­ing with the boys and girls around the colour­ing ta­ble is so much fun and I hope I can con­tinue for years to come. The chil­dren’s party helps to make my Christ­mas,” she said.

Fire­fight­ers will be at the Christ­mas party to show off the fire trucks, pumps and other equip­ment. Kids can try on fire­fight­ers’ bunker gear and hel­mets and even sit on the driver’s seat of a fire truck.

Hot dogs, ice cream, juice, fruit, cheese and crack­ers will be pro­vided for the chil­dren, while adults will be of­fered cof­fee or tea.

The wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble Dayspring fire hall is lo­cated at 13177 High­way 3, Up­per La­have.

Peter Simp­son

Last De­cem­ber, Owen Feener told Santa what he would like to find un­der his Christ­mas tree. Owen is look­ing for­ward to see­ing Santa again at this year’s chil­dren’s Christ­mas party on Satur­day, Dec. 1, at the Dayspring fire hall.

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