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St. Francis group provides Christmas gifts, fun for children

ST. FRANCIS, Maine — At least 50 children received gifts from Santa at the Fourth Annual Friends of St. Francis Christmas Party at the St. Francis Community Center on Sunday, Dec. 17.

The community group Friends of St. Francis sponsored the event, which was free to all children, with help from volunteers and donors

“We hold this every year to make the children as happy as we can,” said FOSF President Cindy Jandreau. “Some of the kids, their parents are struggling financially. Christmas is all about giving and making kids happy.”

Activities at the party included karaoke, a station to make reindeer food and games such as pin the nose on Rudolph and penguin bean bag toss. The children also decorated gingerbread man cookies which Monica Jandreau baked for the event. Gary Michaud made and donated 80 wooden Christmas tree ornaments which the children decorated and took home with them.

Santa Claus (Paul Lessard aka/Moses) read the story, “The Night Before Christmas,” to the children and presented them with gifts donated by Toys for Tots, Steve and Marilyn Jandreau, and Rinette and Joel Jandreau.

Local resident Marty Jandreau played guitar and sang Christmas songs at the party.

Friends of St. Francis provided food and drinks, including hot chocolate, kool-aid, fudge, cupcakes, chips, and candy canes.

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