Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON — Santa Claus had a head start delivering gifts in New Boston this year when he and village volunteers delivered gifts to children and families on Dec. 22.
Each year, the New Boston Police Department takes a list of needy children in the village and collects donations from individuals, businesses, organizations, and village employees. A large donation was also made by a local motorcycle club, whose members collected donations on the streets of the village throughout the holiday season. Those donated items are then delivered by Santa Claus, with help from his elves in the New Boston police, fire, and service departments, members of village council, and more volunteers.
New Boston Councilman Mike Payton said it’s a large operation with help from many people.
“I don’t know, but I’ll be if you look around the southern Ohio area, I doubt that any village or community has that much input from all of their employees — from council and mayor all the way down — to any one project during the year as much as New Boston does for this,” Payton said.
Gifts were delivered on Dec. 22 this year to 200 children at more than 50 homes in New Boston.
“When the kids open the door, a big grin comes across their face,” Payton said. “In a couple of instances, the parent let us in and the kid was laying on the couch asleep. So as the kid opened his eyes, it was like, whoa! That was fun.”
New Boston Police Dispatcher Alisha Armes has been part of the project for five years, but this is her first year getting out with Santa to deliver toys with fellow dispatcher Tara Newton.
“It was great seeing the kids happy and getting to see Santa,” Armes said. “It was the best day. You could see the glow on their faces. It was awesome. It made me feel really good for what I did.”
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