Saturday, December 17, 2011

Really Getting into the Christmas Spirit

Salvation Army Breakfast
Only one week left before Christmas.  This Saturday, Alpine Township Hall became a temporary distribution point for the Santa Claus Girls.  The Santa Claus Girls ( is a 100% volunteer organization that serves as a distribution network for gifts during the holidays. All donations stay within Kent County and over 12,000 families were served by the Santa Clause Girls organization. 

Frank Vietze (center) and Roger Kropf organizing packages by neighborhoods

Cheerful volunteers

Rotarians Phil Obets and Dog Gordon are everywhere!

Bob VanderMale family getting instructions from local coordinator Nancy Mulder
While some volunteers were busy delivering presents for the Santa Claus Girls, other area residents and youth took advantage of the Salvation Army's Santa Claus Breakfast held at their retreat center at Little Pine Island.  The breakfast was open to any member in the community and families enjoyed a  good breakfast, met with Santa, had their picture taken, or participated in arts and crafts. A number of volunteers from our local community were also on hand assisting Salvation Army staff.

Salvation Army Little Pine Island Campgrounds

Santa Claus with some fans

Looking over the beautiful lodge

Some of the kids wore adorable outfits

It wasn't just Santa who was celebrated

Even the John Ball Zoo got into the act

Some of the young local volunteers

Arts and crafts were very popular

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