Santa will Soon Arrive in Hudson

November 18, 2016



submitted by Jeri Maynard, Hudson Lions Club

For the 22nd year, Firefighter Kevin Blinn will escort Santa Claus into Hudson.  At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 25, immediately after the tree lighting at Library Park, Santa will travel to the White Birch Function Hall, 222 Central St. in Hudson (next to Nan King) for his annual visit with the children of Hudson.

All boys and girls, along with their families, are invited to join Santa and the Hudson Lions for an afternoon of fun, crafts and snacks.  There is no admission fee.  Since the White Birch is a restaurant facility, only service dogs will be allowed into the building.

Free vision screenings will also be offered during Santa’s visit through the “Operation KidSight Program.”  The Spot Vision Screener works on children age 6 months and older, and while the greatest impact is perhaps for children, it is also beneficial for adults.

The entire screening process takes about 2-3 minutes per child and is done at a distance of about 3 feet without the use of eye drops.  The screening uses a Welch Allyn Spot Vision Screener, a hand-held camera-like device that engages the child with video and audio prompts while taking an accurate reading of the child’s vision in a matter of seconds.  Each child receives a printout to share with their parents.  The screening detects such common vision problems as:  Myopia (nearsightedness), Hyperopia (farsightedness), Astigmatism (blurred vision), Anisometropia (unequal refractive power), Strabismus (eye misalignment), Anisocoria (unequal pupil size).  There is no cost to the family for these screenings.

Last year, the Lions screened over 1,052 students in the Hudson schools and identified a number of students who had indications for some of the above vision problems; these children may have otherwise gone undetected.  Obviously, how children see directly impacts how they learn and access their school’s curriculum.  The Hudson Lions Club feels that this is a tremendous resource for the community.  If there are groups in Hudson that would like to schedule a screening for their school or organization, please contact PCC Celeste at or 321-0737.