Santa Claus arriving on a fire engine with the assistance of the Summit Hill Diligence Fire Company #1 of town delighted a roomful of children at the Summit Hill American Legion Post 316 on Saturday afternoon to visit and get their requests with Christmas only a little more than one week away.
"It's a smaller crowd this year in that we didn't have to move tables around, but I'm happy with the turnout and as long as the kids are happy, we are happy," said Post Commander Kevin O'Donnell.
Santa arrived to the front door with the assistance of the Diligence Fire Company of Summit Hill and was greeted by many excited children. He made his way inside and listened to children's requests for Christmas morning while his Legion helpers handed out stockings full of goodies to the little guests.
O'Donnell said the Legion has been holding their Christmas party for the children of Summit Hill annually for a very long time. While the youngsters waited for Santa to arrive, they dined on hotdogs, pasta salads, chips and pretzels and other tasty party treats prepared by the Legion and the Auxiliary.
"We want to thank the community for their support and especially Jay Gallagher who helps to arrange for Santa's arrival," O'Donnell added.
The Legion is quite busy this time of the year making donations and helping local organizations. O'Donnell said the Sons of the American Legion Post in Summit Hill donate turkeys to the Food Pantry while the Auxiliary donates to the Veteran's Administration Hospital. The Legion itself also supports local charities as well.