Santa, Baby

Morgan Lane, 10 months, met jolly ol’ St. Nick for the first time with her mom Sabrina Sabol at last year’s Christmas in July and was intrigued by the man in red.

NORTH ROYALTON – Ever find yourself counting down the days to Christmas? Can’t get enough of jolly ol’ St. Nick? Have a passion for helping those in need?

Then you definitely don’t want to miss the city’s annual Christmas in July event, hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 at Discount Drug Mart, located at 5500 Wallings Road.

Christmas in July – sponsored by the North Royalton Office on Aging, Royalton Hills Lions Club, and Discount Drug Mart – is a red-kettle event that raises dollars for the North Royalton Salvation Army Service Unit. Donations will primarily focus on back-to-school clothes and supplies for students through gift cards and vouchers. Every penny received stays in North Royalton.

Last year more than $1,550 was raised for the cause and served 30 families with a total of 74 children preschool through high school.

Several activities are planned for this festive event.

There will be a bake sale featuring Lydia’s strudels, a hot dog cookout, popcorn, a car wash conducted by Royal Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Boy Scout Troop 218, a classic car show and classic hits from Meltdown Sounds DJ Service.

Of course, the main attraction, at least for the kids, will be an opportunity to get a jump on your Christmas wish lists with Santa who has scheduled a special trip here during his summer vacation to help ring the bell, chat with kids and grown-ups and partake in photo ops.

Ward 3 Councilman Dan Langshaw, as always, will be donning the Santa suit.

“I am excited to help support this great cause. All the money that is raised stays here in our own community, helping those who are in need. So, it’s worth putting on the big red suit and sweating it out for this great annual event,” he smiled. “I urge everyone to come out and support their neighbors. I also hear Santa welcomes bottled water and cookies to help stay in tip-top shape for the event and his training for Christmas too.”

Debra Burrows, outreach specialist for the office on aging, said it’s just plain fun and for a good cause.

“Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus are going to be there, we’re going to have popcorn this year and cook hotdogs courtesy of Discount Drug Mart,” she said. “The money we raise here we use for our NR Cares Program, which is our backpack and supply program for kids who are less fortunate, because yes, we do have them. It’s for the kids. We want to be able to provide them with everything they need.”

Classic cars are being sought for the event.

Those interested can contact Debra Burrows at the city’s office on aging at 440-582-6333.

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