Santa Makes Stops in the Valley

By: News Email
By: News Email

Santa had a busy day Sunday as he made his way around town visiting local children.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus stopped by the Parkersburg Police substation on 13th and Avery.

Neighborhood children met with Santa and enjoyed some goodies too.

Parkersburg Police hosted the event to help low-income area families have a Merry Christmas.

"Just to put our foothold in the community, give some support to the good people within the communities or in those types of neighborhoods for us to reassure them that we're with them," says Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin. "Hopefully plant some seeds with the younger kids that we're the good guys too and that they can trust us and help us if they would like to as well."

Chief Martin says the department enjoys when they can open their doors to the neighborhood and they consider themselves blessed when able to do so.

Meanwhile, a few blocks north at the Blue Moon Tavern, underprivileged children get treated to another Christmas party with Santa.

The kids received some early presents in celebration of the second annual "Blue Moon Angels".

The bar raised $1,100 over the past few months to purchase the toys.

Local sponsors donated the food and Santa himself gets credit for coming up with the idea.

"He is one of our really good friends and he said, 'let's do something for the kids'," says Blue Moon Tavern owner Lisa Bell. "So this year we started even earlier and we did 51 kids. So hopefully next year we're going to raise the bar and we're going to do 100 kids."

And Bell is commited to that cause.

She says the tavern will soon begin raising money for next year's "Blue Moon Angels".

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