Santa’s Visit about Children, Coffee, Cocoa and Community

December 11, 2015

 

by Doug Robinson

The fire was crackling and the hot cocoa had been topped off with melted marshmallows as Santa arrived via fire truck to Windham’s annual tree lighting ceremony.

This popular event, sponsored by Windham’s Recreation Department, offered photos with Santa in Windham’s Cable Studio, crafts for the children, and musical performances by the Windham Community Band.

While the local Girl Scouts accepted donations of mittens for their tree, the Boy Scouts were cutting up pallets for use as firewood.

Windham’s Helping Hands giving tree focused on the needs of young children throughout the Windham community.

Local businessman, Chef Al Letizio, once again, baked over 500 cookies for all to enjoy.

The Senior Center was abuzz and filled with children who were actively decorating Christmas cookies (provided by Granite United Church) as well as making crafts and ornaments for their Christmas tree.

The Community Development office was filled with children watching the movie “Elf,” which was sponsored by the Shepherd’s Pantry, Windham.  Buddy the elf handed out candy canes to all the youth.

“We are very fortunate for the weather this year,” commented Windham Recreation Director Cheryl Haas.  “After the cold and rainy day we had last year, this is very nice.”

The community event was capped off with the lighting of the large town tree and gazebo.