The Fargo Park District hosted the 34th Annual Santa Village at Rheault Farm on December 12-13 and December 18-20. The event looked a little different this year as COVID-19 precautions limited the in-person offerings and incorporated new virtual components. One thing that remained constant was the long-standing tradition of dedication to the Season of Giving. Over the two in-person Santa Village weekends there were 1,800 visitors that came to the event and gave donations to benefit those in need in our community.
Admission to Santa Village was free, however, guests were encouraged to bring donations of canned goods, cash and new toys to the in-person event. Several pounds of canned goods were given to the Great Plains Food Bank and the new toys that were donated were given to the YMCA 21 Century Community Learning Centers. During the 2020 Season of Giving, $2,900 in cash donations were collected. The cash donations were given to support area organizations including Great Plains Food Bank, First Link Giving Tree of Hope and Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s Fargo.
Since Santa and Mrs Claus were unable to make the journey from the North Pole to this year’s event as a part of their COVID-19 precautions, they instead mailed personalized greetings and photos to those who registered with the Fargo Park District. Santa Village delivered 1,178 individual personalized greetings to 520 families around the United States that included the states of California, Nevada, New York and Washington.
“We were so pleased to be able to spread some Christmas cheer in a new way this year,” says Jessica Korynta, Event Supervisor for the Fargo Park District. “While we all look forward to seeing Santa and Mrs. Claus again next year, being able to send a bit of holiday magic out to so many families in our community was wonderful. We are so amazed year-after-year by the generosity of our community and how the Season of Giving really comes to life every year.”
For more information, contact the Fargo Park District at 499-6060 or visit FargoParks.com.