Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the Milford Public Library on the evening of Wednesday, December 14 to thank the volunteers and participants of this year’s downtown Santa House. The annual Santa Claus House has been a Milford tradition in downtown with photographic records dating back to the 1940s.
This year with the help of countless volunteers, Downtown Milford Inc. and the Santa Claus House Committee were able to provide a brand new house for local children. Individuals including Martin Dusbiber, Dean Johnson, William Steele, Bob Graham, Bill Taylor, Gary Emory, Chris Nielson and Mayor Ronnie Rogers were recognized for their participation in the month-long event , along with organization such as the Lions Club, Milford Senior Center and Argo Linoleum.
“I always say that this is the house that donations built,” commented Bev French, Chair for the Santa Claus Committee. “It was truly an effort by the entire community.”
Bev and her army of volunteers prepared for Santa’s arrival by cutting, sewing and stuffing 1,300 stockings to hand out to children during the event. Approximately 20 individuals helped cut and sew stockings, 60 volunteers stuffed the stocking and 31 local people were Santa’s elves to help while the house was open.
“A lot of work and a lot of love were put into each stocking before they were given to a child at the Santa Claus House,” continued Ms. French.
After the certificates of appreciation were handed out, Santa himself had a few words to share with the audience at the library.
“I don’t think you folks here tonight really realize what a fine thing you have done for your neighborhood,” said Santa with tears in his eyes. “If you could see those kids and the looks on their faces, it is so wonderful. A town that can do this is a great place to live in and you all should be proud of what you have done.”
As the appreciation ceremony came to a close, individuals were invited to tour the Santa Clause House next to the Riverfront. Santa Claus will still be in downtown Milford until Friday, December 23 when he will depart for the North Pole to get ready for his trip around the world to deliver presents.