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  • Kent Casson

Kids see Santa, pick out presents in same day

Santa waves as vehicles drive up to the Methodist Church on Saturday.

Saturday’s fog and drizzle didn’t stop folks from heading out to see Santa and pick out gifts for Christmas in Chenoa.

The Chenoa Women’s Club hosted a drive-through Santa visit for children outside of the Methodist Church in the morning. Parents drove cars through the area and rolled down windows so their kids could tell Santa what they want and if they’ve been good this year. Children also received a treat bag and had photos taken.

“It’s been going really good,” said Santa while taking a quick break from passing out candy canes. “This is great, but I prefer having the kids come sit on my lap – this works.”

This event replaced the annual Breakfast with Santa which is typically held at the school but, like everything else, was changed due to COVID-19.

“We were sad we couldn’t have the breakfast but this way, they’ll get to see (Santa), Chenoa Women’s Club member Susie Boian told Chenoa News last week.

Breakfast with Santa goes back many years and usually includes donuts, games and crafts. Since the club has always done this for the holiday season, members did not want to break the tradition this year.

Across town at the fire station, vehicles were lining up around the Chenoa Emergency Services building so kids could pick out Christmas gifts for parents and other family members. Children were escorted into the fire station to shop before returning to the car. Volunteers stood outside taking down the names of the children while others were inside to assist.

Chenoa’s Shop-N-Go group recently donated money to the Kids Christmas Corner.

The outside of the Chenoa fire station is decorated Saturday morning.

Volunteers talk with parents in waiting vehicles at the fire station Saturday.

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