Twenty-three adult Santa suits and 20 youth Santa suits have arrived at the Kingdom Games Clubhouse and are ready for this year’s first ever Newport Santa Run. It’s all part of the Santa Parade and Santa Festival in downtown Newport coming up on December 7.
“Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram’s sponsorship of the run has allowed us to order these suits in advance so that everyone who registers will be provided a Santa suit to run, jog or walk the one-mile or 5K routes,” said Phil White of Kingdom Games.
This year, Northpoint and Kingdom Games have teamed up to support Toys for Kids, which collects and distributes toys to local families in need. All participants in the run are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy, which will be collected by Toys for Kids for local distribution through NEKCA. Net proceeds of the run will also go to the program.
“We’ve supported Toys for Kids for many years,” said Charlie Gallant of Northpoint. “So it made sense to us to also support this year’s Newport Santa Run being organized by Kingdom Games to raise money and gather toys for this program. We like the fact that all toys collected stay local. Northpoint continues to be a drop-off location for Toys for Kids.”
Rhonda Cole of the NEKCA Parent Child Center explained how the Toys for Kids of Vermont program works. It is one service that NEKCA provides during the holiday season. Families from the Orleans County area come into the NEKCA Parent Child Center and fill out an intake form with financial information, etc. Then they write down a few items that each child under the age of 19 in the family would like for Christmas. Once toys are donated they are matched with requests.
“I really want to stress that the toys donated to the Toys for Kids of Vermont stay local and we really depend on donations from our community,” Ms. Cole said. “Last year the program served 315 families and 678 children. We would not have been able to do this without donations from the community. NEKCA staff, students and worksite participants are thrilled to be a part of Newport’s Santa Run and appreciate Northpoint’s support over these many years.”
Newport Elementary School in partnership with the Newport City Out of School Program is organizing a team of young Santas to march in the parade and then join the run, which starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7.
“The excitement is building,” says Jean Kadmiri, head Santa at Newport Elementary.
Other schools wanting to organize a team should contact Phil White of Kingdom Games at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 249-9100. Registration forms are available online at www.newportsantafestival.com, or by stopping by the Municipal Building at Newport’s Parks and Recreation Department. — from Kingdom Games.
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