Community Action Christmas celebration brings fun and joy to Logan County families

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[December 05, 2016]  LINCOLN - On Saturday, the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois hosted a free community luncheon at the Lincoln Banquet Center.

Arriving at the banquet center guests were welcomed by two greeters, who quickly went through what was being offered for the day. There was a front table set up where everyone was permitted to register for some door prizes, and those wishing to receive a coat also registered.

The first 250 or so children to arrive were able to select a new winter coat, through the generosity of membership of St. Johnís United Church of Christ. Volunteers and CAPCIL board members worked to help children and parents pick out the right size and get the coats given out as quickly as possible. The church had also collected scarves, hats, and gloves. Those were also distributed as long as supplies lasted.

Santa was on hand with the first 200 kids getting a free photo of themselves on the lap of the man in the red suit. The visit with Santa was supported by the Lincoln Kiwanis as were the free photos.

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Throughout the room, fun activities were set up for children including crafts and games.

Books handed out by Santa were provided through the Lincoln Rotary and the Lincoln Elks also contributed to the success of the day.

The event included a complete meal served by volunteers and members of the Lincoln Kiwanis. The meal was donated to CAPCIL by an anonymous donor.

[Nila Smith]

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