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Santa Brings Joy to Hundreds of Children

By Lisa Del Real

El Monte

Jolly Saint Nick recently brought holiday cheer and gifts to several El Monte parks as the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted their annual Santa at the Park event on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012.

Every year this event draws in crowds of hundreds of children anxiously awaiting their turn to visit with Santa.  This year’s event drew in over 2,000 participants as many families lined up early for the opportunity to visit Santa Claus.  Mr. Claus made an appearance at the newly opened Gibson Mariposa Park, Mt. View Park and Zamora Park.

The department was able to provide every child with a gift thanks in part to the generous donation by city employees, fundraising efforts, caring friends and community members. All funds raised or donated on an annual basis are utilized to purchase balls and stuffed animals for all children wishing to visit with Santa Claus.

This magical event brings joy and holiday cheer to many families in the City of El Monte.  The El Monte Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department would like to thank all supporters, volunteers and all participants for helping to make this event spectacular!

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