To the Editor: Walbridge parade showed community spirit
Written by Dan Wilczynski   
Wednesday, 05 December 2012 11:10
A special thank you to all those involved with the Christmas parade and Santa visit on Sunday evening in Walbridge. A special thanks goes out to Fred Sloyer and Kim Kansorka for their work as Santa's elves in building a wonderfully decorated sleigh for Santa. Special thanks also to all those that helped put on the parade and the nights activities by coming out and getting involved.
The parade was a wonderful example of community spirit and I personally saw Santa when he saw the hundreds of kids lined up to welcome him to Walbridge and hopefully get just a minute to sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wished for for Christmas.
Santa was especially moved when at least 10 children approached him ever so cautiously when he got out of the sleigh because they wanted to hug the jolly old elf himself.  Santa could not resist and gave each child a hug that wanted one. It was especially moving to see that some of the children had special gifts that most of us are not born or blessed with.
Once Santa was inside the VFW another amazing thing happened. As the hundreds of children lined up to talk with Santa they were solemn and respectful.
Unlike times of old when children wished for extravagant gifts and many toys, the requests from Santa were basic and down to earth and I heard Santa mention that these kids have an understanding of the real world that maybe most adults still do not have.  
Santa at one point let a small tear escape from those big tired eyes when he heard from two young girls that one of them just wanted a small gift for Christmas and the other one, a friend or sister, just wanted the other girl to be happy.  I did hear that Santa ensured that the girls' gifts would be provided many times over on Christmas.
For those of you that don't believe that there is a Santa Claus, I can tell you that he was in Walbridge on Sunday night and I trust that he will continue to be there for many years because Santa is always present where the spirit of Christmas is strong.
I hope next year is an even bigger turnout for this event.
Dan Wilczynski
Mayor, Walbridge

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