Each year we all get busy with the hurry and scurry of the Christmas shopping time, family and concerns about our busy party schedules. For the past several years, Post 336 of the American Legion and Women's Auxilary in Williford have turned their attention to local children and families who are feeling the distress of the economic downturn.
Dec. 19, the American Legion Post 336 and Ladies Auxilary held a Christmas party with lots of food, drinks and cookies for post members and local residents.
Children of all ages lined up to take swings at the candy filled pinata. All of the children were allowed to take several swings at the very sturdy target, before it gave up the candy surprises inside.
The Legion held a "Letter to Santa" contest with the subject being, "Why I want a bicycle from Santa."
Post member Ron Williams donated $100 with $25 to be donated to four separate winners.
One of the girls' letter outlined the reason she wanted to receive the bike from Santa. She said she wanted to win one, so she could give it to her friend, so she would have a bike, so the two could ride together.
After prizes were handed out, there was a loud knock at the door and the jolly old elf made his grand appearance. Santa and his elf helper handed out gifts to all the children.
American Legion Manager and master of ceremonies for the event Kay Roland presented Rick Sims a plaque for appreciation of his years of service to the community as well as his generous donation of bicycles at Christmas over the last several years.
Sims' son was also present to assist Santa with the drawings of names for the 12 winners of the bicycles.
Following the drawing, 12 happy children, including the girl who wanted to win a bike for her friend, won shiny new bicycles.
The final four bikes will be given away at Easter.
Members of the Post also donated food baskets to 24 families this year during the holiday season.