NEWBERRY — Children from Thornwell Children’s Home and Boys Farm stepped off the bus Friday and into Central United Methodist where they were treated to a party thrown for them by the Newberry Rotary Club.
Twenty one youth all under age 12 — 16 from Thornwell and five from Boys Farm — were called by their name to sit with their Rotarian friend for the Christmas program.
The Mid-Carolina Chorus sang a selection of Christmas songs and also included the children in their program by playing kazoos or ringing bells. Each child was partnered with a Rotarian who sat with them and talked with them.
When Santa Claus showed up, the children erupted in smiles as the jolly guy came to hand out a gift to each child and listen to their requests.
Rotarians Willie Morris and Debbie Hartness headed up the event along with help from committee members Christy Pomeroy, Scott Cain, Donna Lominack, John Glasgow, Debbie Waldrop, Bob Brown and Kathy Fuller.
“I definitely appreciate the community support,” said Hartness, pointing out that the contribution of the community including Central UMC, Mid-Carolina Chorus and the city police officers.
The committee started working on the event in October and everything came together Friday for each child at the party to gain a new friend for the day and have the spotlight shone on them.
When the youth received their gifts from Santa, they were quite excited. One girl opened her gift, held it up and said how she really wanted her gift.
Children talked to their Rotarian friends about their gifts and what they wanted for Christmas along with sharing stories. One girl talked about a bracelet she got from a friend.