A community event is scheduled for this evening in Belton, Missouri: the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and the Kick-off of Operation Santa Claus. Join Mayor Jeff Davis and Miss Belton, Olivia Henson, at Peace Park, located at Main and Chestnut in downtown Belton for entertainment, the lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree and other activities. Santa Claus arrives by fire truck at 6:20pm. The entire event runs from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
Anyone bringing two canned goods or one new unwrapped toy receives a ticket to prize drawings. These canned goods and toys benefit the Belton Welfare Association. Additional tickets are available for purchase.
Hot dogs, popcorn, and hot chocolate will be available for participants of the event. Face-painting and games are also part of the plans.
Luke 6:38 says, "Give and you will receive. You will be given much. Pressed down, shaken together, and running over, it will spill into your lap. The way you give to others is the way God will give to you," (Bible Verses for Busy Women: A guide for moments of stress, joy, and contemplation, p. 53, Des Moines, IA: Meredith Corporation).
This event invites members of the community to come together and spend time getting into the Christmas and holiday spirit. God calls us to give to one another and help each other out. By supplying canned goods, toys, or cash to Operation Santa helps the organization to provide to members of our community who may not be able to provide for themselves. Tonight we have the opportunity to begin the Christmas and holiday season with an uplifting and fun time. Come on out to Peace Park and join us!