Santa Brings Joy to Hundreds of Children

Valerie Martinezt

Jolly Saint Nick recently brought holiday cheer and gifts to El Monte children as the City’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department hosted its annual Santa at the Park event on December 10, 11 and 17.
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 3,000 participants as many families lined up early for the opportunity to visit Santa Claus.  Mr. Claus made an appearance at the 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 donations from city employees, fundraising efforts, caring friends of the parks and community members. All funds raised or donated are utilized to purchase balls and stuffed animals for all children wishing to visit with Santa Claus.
The event was held in conjunction with the City’s popular Santa Float, sponsored by the City’s Santa Float Committee/Public Works Department. Joining Santa were El Monte High School Song “Elves,” the El Monte Community Choir and many community and city employee volunteers on the holiday trolley.
This magical event brings joy and holiday cheer to many as children’s faces light up with joy.  The 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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