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Santa Claus is scheduled to make the trek from the North Pole to the Abingtons and contacted the Abington Lions Club for their assistance.

??Santa wishes to bring the spirited message of Christmas to all children,? Abington Lions Club President Ed Borek said.

The Abington Lions Club is sponsoring their 50th annual Santa Project for Abington children through second grade. On December 11 to 13, Santa will visit homes in Clarks Summit, Clarks Green, Chinchilla, Waverly, Glenburn Twp., Dalton, and the Newton-Ransom areas and will present children, whose names have been submitted with a small gift, free of charge.

Residents are asked to leave their porch lights on until Santa has made his visit. For safety, animals should be tied. In the event of snow, Santa would appreciate clean sidewalks. Santa will make most of his visits between approximately 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

??They??re have been some ups and downs, but overall it??s stayed consistent,? Borek said.

According to Santa Project Coordinator Heather Kusma, around 450 children participate each year.

Those interested in participating in the program should contact Kusma by December 6 at 570.587.5062.

??Santa wants everyone to know that it??s a community wide undertaking and the need for community volunteers is apparent,? Borek said.

??We get a limited number of volunteers, but it??s a big project and we definitely need the help,? Borek said. ??If you have the desire to help Santa, and want to bring the true spirit of Christmas to the children please contact the Lions Club.?

According to Kusma, approximately 10 people are needed each night. On the busiest nights, 15 to 18 people may be needed.

??Each night, Santa has a very busy schedule and therefore a lot of help is needed,? Borek said. ??Anyone in the community that wants to support the project should contact Kuzma,? Borek said. ??Any corporations, business owners, or residents who want to contribute to this large community undertaking may send contributions to Abington Lions: P.O. Box 273 Clarks Summit, PA 18411.?

Anyone who has a desire to learn more about the Lions International Association and is considering membership can contact Borek at 587.2925.

Santa Project forms are available on the Lions Club website at www.abingtonlions.org.
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