For nearly two decades, Fort Wayne’s Martin Luther King Jr. Club has helped to fulfill Christmas hopes and dreams for many children in our community. And this, the 17th year, will be no exception when the club hosts its annual Santa on Tour and Trolley Ride, scheduled for 12 noon to 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at the YMCA Renaissance Pointe, 2323 Bowser St.
It’s a two-hour Christmas season extravaganza that’s jam packed with everything a child would ever want for Christmas, and more! MLK Santa on Parade Chairperson Sheryl Edwards said kids ages two through 12, will have a chance to visit with Santa, receive a gift and take a trolley ride through downtown Fort Wayne for a grand tour of the Christmas decorations such as the gigantic wreath on the One Summit Square building and the multi colored and brightly lit Santa and reindeer on the PNC bank building.
MLK Club President Bennie Edwards said the free event “may be the only Christmas celebration that some kids will have.” He recalled watching a little six-year-old girl during last year’s celebration being so excited “that she could hardly stand still.” Edwards said it’s a way that the MLK Club can give to the community.
Other local groups will help with the event, including Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Eta Upsilon Zeta Chapter and the American Legion Riders Chapter 148.
Sheryl Edwards said the kids will spend some time with Santa, as he rides on the trolley with them. Just like with previous trolley rides, the children will sing Christmas carols. And, a narrator will be on board as well to describe the sights and sounds of the downtown Holiday displays. When the children return from the trolley tour, they’ll be given a delicious snack. The fun will continue with Christmas story telling, hands on Christmas crafts, and a chance to win prizes. Bennie and Sheryl Edwards both agree that it’s a joy to see kids’ face light up with big smiles. Organizers said “that alone makes sponsoring this annual event worthwhile.”
For more information on the Santa on Tour and Trolley Ride, call (260) 493-1534.
Steven D. Manning is marketing director for the MLK Club Inc. He’s also president and CEO of Manning Video Productions. For more information, call (260) 247-2517.