QUEEN’S PARK, TORONTO: Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norman Miller made a statement in the Legislature yesterday thanking local groups that organize Santa Claus parades as well as toy, gift and food drives.
Thank you Mr. Speaker. I rise today to thank the community groups and local businesses that come together across my riding to bring Santa Claus to our communities in the form of Santa Claus Parades and through gift drives.
In Huntsville and Bracebridge the Santa Claus Parades are organized by the local Rotary Clubs. In Parry Sound by the Optimist Club and in Gravenhurst, Bala and Port Carling by the Chamber of Commerce. Local Lion’s Clubs organize the parades in MacTier and Baysville. The Sundridge and Burk’s Falls parades are organized by the municipality.
Local businesses put a great deal of work into these parades including Kimberly-Clark which has been building Santa’s float for the Huntsville parade for more than 20 years.
But how much fun is it to see Santa if on Christmas morning there aren’t any presents under the tree?
I also want to thank all the businesses, groups and individuals that collect, donate and deliver gifts and other supports to those who might not otherwise have anything to open come Christmas. There are too many groups to list them all but I do want to make special mention of the Salvation Army and all of our local foodbanks who work to support people in need both at Christmas and year round.
Whether these groups are collecting toys for children, gifts for adults or food for families, I want them to know their efforts are appreciated by not only the recipients but by the whole community.
I am looking forward to delivering some shoeboxes to the Muskoka Shoebox Project in time for the deadline this weekend. I encourage anyone else who is able to donate to any of the gift drives to do so.