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Annual Laman party nears

To the editor:

Did I blink and miss summer? Christmas is right around the corner. Ray Laman elves are busy planning the 41st-annual Ray Laman Chidlren’s Christmas Party.

This year’s party will be held Dec. 14, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department garage. Children will be entertained with a sing-along by Kenny Wells, as well as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty and Snowman, elves and Mrs. Claus — and maybe get a surprise visit from the Grinch — until the arrival of Santa.

This event is open to all area children under the age of 10 — 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, candy and certificates will be given to attending children following the arrival of Santa.

This is a nonprofit organization and is funded solely through donations of area merchants and caring citizens. Without generous donations, it is hard to fill the 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 keep it a huge success each year.

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, 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

Wintersville

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