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On Sunday, Dec.11, Santa arrived at the War Memorial Building in Shirley. Once again, for his annual visit, Santa decided to leave his reindeer at home and travel in style on the big red truck.

Santa has a long-standing friendship with the Shirley Fire Department and is always happy when they offer their services. Hearing of the truck’s arrival, the children swarmed outside to watch Santa.

The annual Christmas party hosted by the Shirley American Legion Family (Ladies Auxiliary, SONS of the American Legion, and Legionnaires) took place from 2 to 4 p.m. Besides refreshments and the opportunity to talk with Santa, the area children were able to select a nice gift. A large number of children attended, attested by the two hours it took for Santa to talk with everyone.

New this year, the Legion provided a free picture of the child sitting with Santa. If the parents think this was a good idea, we will try to do this again next year (resources permitting). We would | like some feedback on this because it does require quite a bit of effort.

To the parents of the children who attended, the American Legion thanks you for the opportunity to make this holiday season a little brighter for the kids. It is nice to hear from adults that remember coming to the War Memorial Building when they were kids and are now bringing their children! We hope everyone had a great time and that this tradition will continue forever.

We can not express enough gratitude for the Shirley Fire Department for once again bringing Santa to the War Memorial Building. You guys are great!

For the Shirley American Legion Family,

ED ORR

Commander Post #183