For the 65th year the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club will man their sleighs on Christmas Eve (December 24) for its Santa Delivery of gifts to children in the Portage Lakes area. It started in 1951 with a small group of men and only one sleigh, and has grown to a fleet of 15 sleighs and Santas with more than 150 volunteers, covering nearly all of Coventry Township and the City of New Franklin. To participate in the Santa Delivery, families can begin dropping off their wrapped gift packages on December 5TH at the following locations:
Coventry Fire Department
First Merit Bank (Coventry and Manchester)
Chase Bank (Manchester)
PNC Bank (Coventry)
Akron Coin & Jewelry
Ayers Insurance, Elias Insurance
Innovative Auto Service.
All drop-off locations will close December 21st at 5pm. Gift packages are limited to no bigger than the size of a shoe box. Each drop off location will have maps, labels, rules and other information concerning delivery. Please double check your route number as some have changed. Sleighs will start out from the Kiwanis Civic Center at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Saturday Dec. 24th. Loud speakers on the sleighs will announce their arrival to streets along the routes. Parents should have their children dressed and ready to greet Santa. Outside lights at the home should be on to make each stop easy to find. Participating parents with physically challenged children who are not able to meet Santa on his sleigh outside their homes are asked to call 330-644-8967 to make arrangements so these kids will not be missed.The Santa Delivery tradition is made possible through the continued support of Kiwanis Rose Day and The Pirates Day reverse raffle and silent auction by the local communities.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
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