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December 14, 2013

Dec. 14, 2013: Cheers & Jeers

Santa, Ryan warm Kokomo hearts

Margi Moore and Marla Miller send this Cheer to all those who helped with or turned out for the annual Light Up Your Holidays event:

“‘It’s a wonderful life’ in downtown Kokomo! Thanks to Santa and Mrs. Claus, brought in by the great engineers from Ortman Grain, and accompanied by Ryan Beining and his family.

“Santa and Ryan warmed the hearts of us all on such a cold afternoon.

“The wonderful Eastern band is always a favorite each year to lead Santa’s train, along with all the Christmas characters that followed.

“Santa wants to thank every boy and girl who stood in the cold to get to talk to him (thanks, parents, for bringing them down).

“Santa’s Workshop full of great elves was sponsored by Pownell Custom Creations, assisted by the youth group from St Joan of Arc. Good food was plentiful this year, thanks to Gingerbread House, Barker’s B&K, McDonald’s, Pepperwhistle, Drake’s and Main St. Café.

“Moore Title’s elves decorated the kids with personalized elf hats, and Northwestern’s Cyber Tooth Club’s Talking Tree greeted all those visiting. Harris Bank saw to it that the live reindeer was able to came back to visit all of us again this year.

“If you didn’t have your letter written to Santa yet, you could visit Planet Mind to write one and send it in the Special Mailbox. Crafts were provided by both the library and Bona Vista, as well as face painting and sing-alongs.

“Santa and his committee just wanted to let you all know how great and important you are for helping make Christmas special in our town. Santa has many sponsors that made it possible for him to give away 13 bicycles this year for just coming down and spending time with him and his helpers.

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