Laman party right around corner

To the editor:

Did I blink and miss summer? Christmas is right around the corner, and the Ray Laman elves are busy planning for the 39th-annual Ray Laman Children’s Christmas Party.

This year’s party will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16 at the Wintersville Fire and Rescue garage. Children will be entertained with a sing-along by guitarist Kenny Wells, as well as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, elves and Mrs. Claus until the arrival of Santa.

This event is open to all area children — not just Wintersville residents. All children attending must be accompanied by an adult. A free photo with Santa, plentiful gender-related gift bags and treat bags of fruit and candy will be given to attending children following the arrival of Santa.

This is a nonprofit organization and is funded solely through donations from area merchants and caring citizens. Without generous donations, it is hard to fill gift bags with plenty of toys and goodies for the children. This is one of the biggest parties in the community, and we strive to make it a huge success each year. We also visit the pediatrics ward at Trinity Medical Center West, surprising the sick children with a visit from Santa and his helpers, a photo, gifts and a treat bag as well.

You can contact me at (740) 264-2161 any time. Donations can be sent to the Ray Laman Children’s Fund, 60 Pioneer Drive, Wintersville, OH 43953, or dropped off at the Wintersville Police Department.

We look forward to donations, volunteers and many smiling little faces this year.

Pamela J. Damis