YMCA Camp Sloper and The Mill Foundation for Kids have joined efforts once again this year to present “Santa at Sloper” on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the YMCA Camp Sloper Outdoor Center located in Southington at 1000 East St.
The suggested donation for attendance is $10 per family and one unwrapped, new toy.
All toys will be donated to local children’s hospitals and the YMCA’s Outreach program.
There is no pre-registration necessary to attend the event.
“Santa at Sloper is one of my favorite holiday events. The kids get to give Santa a gift instead of getting one from him. I think this teaches valuable lessons for our children and helps them to understand that not everyone has it as good as they do. I know for my wife and me, this is a good opportunity to remind our children how lucky we are and to talk with them about what Christmas is all about, a season of being thankful and enjoying your loved ones,” stated Mark Pooler, outdoor center director, according to a press release from the YMCA. “Santa will be there of course along with Mrs. Claus. We will also have Wagon Rides, our ‘80’ Superslide and the Sloper Express. Most importantly, we will be helping kids who are in the hospital with a variety of pediatric illnesses and some of our own families right here in Southington at our YMCA Outreach Program,” said Pooler in the news release.
Families who attend will have the opportunity to support two local organizations and enjoy some Christmas spirit. Santa will be present to greet the children, and families can take a ride on one of his horse drawn wagons. Weather permitting, a ride on the Sloper Express, the camp mini train, also will be offered to those in attendance. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served while participants are entertained with Christmas carols.
Tina Taylor, one of the founders of the Mill Foundation for children, said in the press release, “It gives us such pleasure and pride to collaborate once again with the YMCA Camp Sloper. The event, in its fifth year, has been extremely successful. Our local community continues to support us and we are truly grateful for it. In addition to being a toy drive, the event is festive and fun for the family. Watching the children’s expressions as they get to sit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, in a relaxed setting, is priceless and provides a lifetime of memories. The toys we collect from this event will be delivered to the Oncology Unit at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the Stem Cell Transplant Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital to help these children get through their day during this holiday season.”
For more details about the event, e-mail Tina Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of inclement weather, visit the organization’s websites at www.millfoundation.org or www.ymcacampsloper.org .
If the event is cancelled, those who would still like to donate a toy can bring them to YMCA Camp Sloper the following Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.