Sunday, December 20th was the date for a hosted party for 140 children and accompanying parents, grandparents and friends. The event featured hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and drinks provided by Manzanita Place. The Elks Ladies and other Elks members provided cookies and other sweet treats, enjoyed by all.
Besides Elks-related children, kids from the Chico Boys and Girls Club and their families were also invited. Santa Claus made his appearance and provided a gift for each of the children.
The event enlisted the aid of several volunteers responsible for coordinating food, purchasing and wrapping gifts, taking photos of Santa with the kids, and providing three tables for craft making.
Other Elks volunteers assisted coordinated the photographs and helped with the craft making.
The event also got a boost from five members of our Lodge affiliated Girl Scout troop.