Happy Hands Methodist Preschool students gave Santa presents this year
|Third grade students at Happy Hands Methodist Preschool stand ready to give their presents to Santa for "The Jeff Anderson Children's Foundation". (Submitted photo by Happy Hands.)|
The students at Happy Hands Methodist Preschool in Lemont last week broke precedent when they gave Santa gifts this year.
More than 75 students at the preschool brought an unwrapped toy to school to give to Santa during his visit.
Santa was played by Earl Anderson, a Lemont resident, who has been dressing as Santa for over 40 years.
Anderson and his family began “The Jeff Anderson Children’s Foundation” in 1999 which raises money, collects donations and purchases toys for severely ill children and needy families in the area. The foundation was created after the loss of their son.
Happy Hands has participated in Anderson’s mission since 2004.
During his visit, Santa didn’t completely throw tradition out the window as he also listened to what the students wanted for Christmas this year.
“The children’s enthusiasm was shining through while visiting with Santa,” Loryl Fisher, director of Happy Hands Preschool, said in a press release. “It’s a joy to see that they understand and grasp the spirit of giving.”
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