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Elks host Christmas party for children

Santa Claus makes guest appearance during festivities Saturday

Young voices chiming, “Here Comes Santa Claus” filled the Elks Lodge on Saturday morning as local children anxiously awaited a visit from the man in a red suit.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary, along with the VFW and Elks, hosted a Christmas party for the children of Craig, which featured the guest appearance.

Five-year-old Marcus Delgado told the big guy he wanted 48 Hot Wheels cars and an 18-wheeler.

Bridgiett Thompson, who celebrated her seventh birthday there, told Santa she wanted a meowing cat, walking doll and Barbie clothes and shoes.

Monica Vigil just wants a dog to call her own.

“VFW ladies always have a Christmas party for the kids,” auxiliary President Dora Watson said. “Kids love seeing Santa Claus.”

Delgado said he most enjoyed the cake walk, in which children walked in a circle and ended up on a number taped to the floor. If the number was called, the child won a cake donated by members of the Elks and VFW.

“I got a Santa Claus cake,” Delgado said of his green cake with Santa sugar toppers. “Everybody’s going to get a cake.”

Carmen Delgado prevented a mess by not allowing his grandson to open the cake until they got home.

But 14-month-old Blake Cooley couldn’t wait. He enjoyed chowing down on a cupcake his mother Dorothy held for him. He ended up with a chocolate mustache.

“He’s having a ball,” his mother said.

Other children chose to dig in with their hands and eat while they enjoyed other games such as a ring toss and chicken limbo. The clubs also offered the movie “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” at the West Theatre later in the day.

“Whatever they want to do, I do it,” grandfather Delgado said. “It’s fun. I like it.”

Jim Meineke, a member of both sponsoring organizations, was enjoying himself as well, saying the event was as much fun for him as it was the youngsters.

And he was proud of the auxiliary, which has put on the event for the past 30 or 40 years.

“The Ladies Auxiliary does so much for this community,” he said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Michelle Perry can be reached at 824-7031 or mperry@craigdailypress.com.

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