Santa Claus visited Hope on Dec. 10, and spent some time visiting with children in a drive through style event held by Hope Community Services. Visitors were given hot chocolate, hot dogs, socks, books, groceries and more, from a variety of community organizations. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Santa Claus visited Hope on Dec. 10, and spent some time visiting with children in a drive through style event held by Hope Community Services. Visitors were given hot chocolate, hot dogs, socks, books, groceries and more, from a variety of community organizations. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Santa drops into Hope for drive-through visit

Hope Community Services and others greet children and families in a new, old-fashioned way

Santa Claus made an appearance in Hope, greeting children of all ages in a drive-through event planned by Hope Community Services.

The two-hour event was held in the parking lot of the Northwest Harvest Church, and several community groups took part.

Those who walked or drove through were given packs of books to take home, colouring books, new socks, a bag full of fresh breakfast groceries, hot dogs and hot chocolate.

The Hope Fire Department ran the grill and kept visitors fed, while volunteers kept the free goodies replenished.

They could also stop and chat with Santa, who was safely sitting in a chair separated from the crowds.

“I don’t want to take anything back to the North Pole,” he told The Standard. “Presents down, no viruses up!”

The event was held Dec. 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., catching many families on their way home from work and school.

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(Santa Claus visited Hope on Dec. 10, and spent some time visiting with children in a drive through style event held by Hope Community Services. Visitors were given hot chocolate, hot dogs, socks, books, groceries and more, from a variety of community organizations. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

(Santa Claus visited Hope on Dec. 10, and spent some time visiting with children in a drive through style event held by Hope Community Services. Visitors were given hot chocolate, hot dogs, socks, books, groceries and more, from a variety of community organizations. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)