Holiday Social in Peru, MA

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Santa Claus in Peru, Massachusetts.
Santa in Peru, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

On Saturday morning (2006) in Peru, MA, the ground was lightly covered with snow, promising that a New England holiday season might make an entrance soon. At the community center in Peru, families gathered with their children for a social to celebrate the season. Hot chocolate and pastries were served, and volunteers decorated the center in seasonal lights and holiday icons. The children made crafts supplied by the Peru Recreation Department while parents socialized and discussed the topic of their children’s school, holiday plans, and other parent-related issues.

Towards the end of the gathering, Santa arrived. The kids were delighted! Every child received a toy from Santa. Not a chintzy toy either, but really nice toys! Organizer Dawn Warner explained that the Peru Rec. Dept. (being a non-profit organization) gets funding from the United Way, so they have a healthy budget every year to bring families in the Hilltowns together during the holidays, providing quality gifts, pastries, craft items, a visit from Santa, and in the past, music! Something to look forward to for next year.

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