A little after dark fell this evening, a fire truck, with its siren wailing and red lights flashing, delivered Santa Claus to a parking lot in the Village of Point Venture, Texas. Waiting for him, were lots of kids, their parents, and a few grandparents. As the firemen helped Santa down off the truck, the children ran out to greet him, and were rewarded with candy canes from his decorated green bag.
Santa arrived just in time to help support the annual lighting of Point Venture’s Christmas tree, and the Point Venture Lions Club’s drive to collect non-perishable food for the Hill Country Community Ministries. Providing food for the needy, primarily for those living on the North Shore of Lake Travis, is supported by all of us as we stock the food banks with our canned donations.
Despite the balmy weather tonight, with temperatures in the mid-60s, "hot" cider was served along with cookies after the official lighting of the Christmas tree. After the excitement of Santa’s visit, I took the opportunity to drive around the village to see all the holiday lights which have suddenly appeared over the last few days.
For those of you who missed Santa tonight, the lighting of the tree, and the hot cider and cookies, you can still participate in a much more important way. There is a collection box just inside the Point Venture entrance. If you live here or live near here, please contribute to those who are feeling the pain of unemployment or other troubled times by dropping a few items into the box. The box will be collecting items through December 22nd.
For those not living in the hill country of Texas, there are needs in your area as well. Please contribute whatever you can, during this holiday season, to those who could really use your help. Santa and holiday lights are nice, but remember, this is a season of giving. We need to take care of each other.