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Santa bound for SLC

Nov. 30, 2006

By LAUREN HIGHTOWER
Reporter

Gather your good will and holiday cheer. Santa is coming to Waco.

The 14th annual Santa's Workshop is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the McLane Student Life Center, said Missy Davis, graduate assistant for community service.

More than 800 impoverished children from around the Waco area, all between the ages of 3 and 5, will participate in the event.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Baylor students and the surrounding community to cooperate and do something good together," Davis said.

Preparations have been underway for this special day for more than a month and a half, said Shreveport, La., sophomore Catherine Hiller.

"I can't wait," she said. "This is such a great chance to bring joy to kids."

The volunteers have planned several activities for the children, Hiller said. Each child will receive a goody bag, complete with a free toothbrush and toothpaste donated by local dentists. There will also be some crafts, such as cutting snowflakes out of folded paper and decorating Christmas cookies.

"This is so wonderful," Overland Park, Kan., senior Jessamy Ross said. "It brings back a time of innocence when everything was so exciting."

Santa's arrival is the main event. All of the children will sing "Here Comes Santa Claus" as the honored guest enters. Then each child will have a chance to sit on Santa's lap and receive a present, Ross.

"It's just amazing to see how that many children respond to seeing Santa and receiving gifts," Davis said.

To prepare for the coming party, there will be two different parties today for anyone who wishes to help, Ross said.

There will be a decorating party in the McLane Student Life Center gym from 3 to 6 p.m. There will also be a gift-wrapping party from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Pizza, drinks and hot chocolate will be provided.