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The American Legion, Randolph Furey Post 170 Auxiliary hosted its first community children’s Christmas party on Dec. 8 at the post.

The event was a wonderful and joyous treat for the many children, parents, grandparents, relatives and friends who attended the party, according to a news release.

Children participated in games, did arts and crafts, competed in contests and won prizes.

Each child received a photo with Santa, played by John Travers. Dana and George Monk were the photographers.

Charles Riley entertained and thrilled the children with his rendition of Michael Jackson songs.

Post members were surprised to see the number of children who entered the Michael Jackson dance contest held and judged by Riley and parents.

A monetary prize was given by Riley to the three best dancers.

The contestants imitated Jackson’s dance steps very well.

Auxiliary member Pamela Hawkins, who is the entertainment coordinator, spearheaded the party.

She made certain the children did not leave hungry or empty-handed.

The children were served hot dogs or hamburgers with a drink, potato chips and apples and oranges.

Santa’s helpers, who are auxiliary members and friends, served the children and adults.

Also, the children enjoyed eating homemade cupcakes donated by Vivian Harris.

When it was time for the children to leave, auxiliary members Mona Cooper and Mary Strickland gave each child a Christmas stocking filled with gifts, candy, coupon from Chick-fil-A and Walgreen’s drugstore, and trinkets.

“To see a child happy and have a smiling face is worth more than $1 million to her,” said Auxiliary President Diane Monk.

Post Commander John Countryman gave closing remarks.

He thanked the auxiliary for planning and organizing the event, the comrades for their support and volunteers from the community.