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December 13, 2019

11/29/2019 9:01:00 AM
Santa Claus is coming to Linden December 14
For the past few years, Linden has been welcoming Santa Claus to its village.
He will again bring the spirit of Christmas at "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" located at the Linden Fire Station.
Amanda Schultz, daughter of Jeff and Chris Lindner said the event originally started years ago. The Linden American Legion brought Santa to the Linden Community Hall. A few years ago, it was brought up again by Linden First Responders.
"There's a few of us Linden first responders that come down on the Friday before," Schultz said. "We will set up tables from the community building and put them all out."
When the event was brought up again a few years ago, it started with 20 or 30 children. Last year, the event climbed to having 100 or more children.
"It has gotten so big, that we had to use the bay where the fire trucks are," Schultz said.
When children arrive to "Santa Claus is coming to town," they are able to pick out a gift starting at $0.25 for their loved ones. These gifts are available thanks to donations from community members.
"We rely a lot on the community for the gifts," Schultz said. "People have given gently used items, knick knacks and even gifts for fathers."
Community members have also given monetary donations so additional gifts can be purchased the Thursday before and given at the event. Once children have picked out their gifts, they can enjoy "Polar Express" hot chocolate, popcorn and view Christmas movies while their gift is being wrapped.
This event brings a lot of joy to people like Schultz, who want to ensure that children have another place to purchase that perfect gift at a non-astronomical cost.
"Our thing is, if the kids can't afford it, the first responders will cover the cost of the kids to buy their parents gifts," Schultz said. "No child is turned away because they don't have money."
It brings joy to the first responders being able to see the children enjoy buying Christmas gifts for their loved ones. Not only does it bring joy to the children, it is also about bringing back traditions for the Village of Linden.
"It's kids getting to be kids and making crafts with their families," Schultz said. "I just love Christmas and I love that we get to bring people together for Christmas in Linden."
The Linden First Responders are still taking donations for "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." The event takes place Saturday December 14 from 9 a.m. to noon at 444 Jefferson Street in Linden. For more information, contact Amanda Schultz at 608-574-6667.

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