SLIDESHOW: Children deliver letters directly to Santa in Hope

Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)                                Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard) Volunteers helped children create custom handmade cards for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Santa visited with children at the Hope Library on Dec. 14 as part of the annual Letters to Santa event. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Santa visited with children at the Hope Library on Dec. 14 as part of the annual Letters to Santa event. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Music for the Letters to Santa event was provided by guitarist and singer Pasquale Pascucci. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Music for the Letters to Santa event was provided by guitarist and singer Pasquale Pascucci. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Three-year-old Maya picks a colour for her card to Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Three-year-old Maya picks a colour for her card to Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Quinn Hemsworth creates a card for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14, as part of the annual Letters to Santa event. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)Quinn Hemsworth creates a card for Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14, as part of the annual Letters to Santa event. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
A trio of sisters enjoy Christmas carols while visiting with Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)A trio of sisters enjoy Christmas carols while visiting with Santa at the Hope Library on Dec. 14. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Dozens of letters were sent off to the North Pole over the weekend, from right here in Hope.

But the letters didn’t go by post, email, or even elves. They were taken away by Santa Claus himself, who popped in to visit children on Saturday at the Hope Library.

The annual event, Letters To Santa, is put on by Read Right, Friends of the Hope Library, the Arts Council and UFV. Stations were set up in the activity area of the library where children and their parents could write out and decorate their letters before dropping them into a special sack to be taken by Santa.

While he was there, he took the time to visit with the children — some of them jumping on his lap multiple times.

Live music was played by guitarist and singer Pasquale Pascucci.

Children were given candy canes and oranges, and also could choose from a table of books brought in by UFV staff, through an initiative called First Book Canada.

Santa will be responding to all the letters from the event, with the help of the Arts Council members. Photos were taken and are available to be picked up at the Hope Library by those who participated.

For more stories like this, pick up the Dec. 19 edition of the Hope Standard for our annual Holiday Greetings section.


 

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