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COOR Christmas commences

Santa Claus, smiling faces, and happy children help make the season of Christmas merry and bright. For seventeen years, Michigan Fireman’s Memorial Festival Committee (MFMFC) has been providing gifts to the two youngest classes of COOR. Originally, a lunch date with Santa and individual gifts for each child, due to covid, that event has changed to providing the classroom with needed skill building teaching aids.

On Dec. 15, Santa (MFMFC member, Calvin Witherspoon) and his helpers arrived at COOR. Overloaded with a bag of goodies for each of those classrooms, Santa made his way through the halls with his jolly Ho Ho Ho! Santa was able to visit several other students and wish them and staff a very Merry Christmas as well. 

The classrooms that we support are currently taught by Miss Emily and Miss Pat. Each child in Miss Emily and Miss Pat’s class received a Santa hat with a coloring book, crayons. Teachers let the committee know what teaching, tactile/sensory and visual, aids were needed for their classrooms. MFMFC provides as many of those items as they are able. Sensory and “emotion” related toys, as well books, were teaching aids provided last year.

COOR staff provide a caring, safe environment for these students. It is always uplifting to see the joy on the faces of these youngsters and their interactions with staff and Santa. Hugs for Santa and the excitement of the students, and their giggles are a pleasure.

Funds for this event are raised through items donated and auctioned at the beginning of the MFMFC Gold Badge Auction event during the festival, the newly reorganized Cornhole event that Saturday afternoon, as well as through cash donations. Over $300 was spent by MFMFC for the children. 

To donate auction items or for more information, call or text Donna Thoma at 989-858-1440 or email donnathoma0@gmail.com.

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