2009-02-14 / Top News

Volunteers Host Children's Christmas Party

A children's Christmas party was hosted by residents and businesses December 14, attended by 41 children and their parents, all members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A luncheon preceded Santa's arrival at Community Hall. Santa Claus listened to what the children wanted for Christmas and handed each a stocking of goodies. Jamie Andress performed magic during the party.

A children's Christmas party was given December 14 on Mackinac Island for members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The tribe's annual Christmas party was not planned this year. Santa attended to learn what the children wanted for Christmas, and gave each child a stocking full of goodies. (Photograph courtesy of Paul Wandrie Sr.) A children's Christmas party was given December 14 on Mackinac Island for members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The tribe's annual Christmas party was not planned this year. Santa attended to learn what the children wanted for Christmas, and gave each child a stocking full of goodies. (Photograph courtesy of Paul Wandrie Sr.) Organizers included Deb Carley as chairperson, Ellen Putnam, Gwen Bagbey, Jackie and Dennis Bradley, Jason St. Onge, and Paul Wandrie. Donors included Robin and Kelly Dorman, Mike and Wendy Young, Mackinac Island Lions Club, Frank Straus, Doud's Market, Patrick Sinclair's Irish Pub, and Windermere Hotel.

The Mackinac Island Fire Department, American Legion Post 299, and Mackinac Island Public Schools Close-up helped with the event.

The locally-organized event was held in lieu of the official tribal party, which was canceled.

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