By PJ Martin
A new event this year, Hometown Holiday in the Park was held at the Leftwich House at Bowling Park on November 28th.
The local community was eager to attend, with long lines to enter, and parking spaces full to overflowing!
The Christmas celebration was crowded with parents and children as Executive Director Randy Burns said a few words to open the event. He was followed by the elementary school choir who sang Christmas carols for everyone.
To the delight of the children (and parents who wanted photos), Santa Claus made a trip down from the North Pole and was posing for photos with the kids and listening to all their requests.
Everything was child friendly and kids could stop at the various tables to take part in different Christmas-themed crafts.
At one craft table, children could choose items to make a Christmas ornament for their tree at home, while another table provided a sugar cookie for them to decorate with icing.
At another craft table, children could make reindeer food by taking a bag of feed and adding an array of glitter.
If you like creating artwork for Santa, you could stop at the coloring table and create your masterpiece.
Yet another table was set up outside where you could get hot chocolate and listen to the carolers or sit by the fire pit.
Upon entry, everyone was handed a card to get stamped at each table. Once all 5 stamps were complete the cards were dropped into boxes for a drawing at the end of the night.
The event was held to introduce Community Medical Care (CMC) to families prior to the opening of their office in Metcalfe County in January of 2024.
Around two years ago CMC became a program of the TJ Community Mission Foundation (TJCMF) which recently announced plans to open an office in Metcalfe County at the TJ Edmonton Clinic in the space formerly occupied by Nunn’s Drugs.
CMC helps families who cannot afford medication or medical care and oncology patients with transportation and needed supplies. If you have any questions about programs or want to donate or volunteer call 270-659-0229.