Country Inn and Suites is preparing to assist Santa Claus again this year by holding its annual Christmas in the Country event on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. There will be complimentary cookies, coffee and punch and building tours. Everyone is invited to stop by with a new unwrapped toy or food donation to benefit Blue Ridge Food and Toy Drive, a project of the Carbon Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996.