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Navy families celebrate with Santa

Volunteers throw party for children of sailors aboard the USS Lincoln

  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181 members (top row, left to right) Karen Wolfe, Kathy McEntire, Karen Morea, (bottom row, left to right) Debbie May a...

    Photo by Rob Racz

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181 members (top row, left to right) Karen Wolfe, Kathy McEntire, Karen Morea, (bottom row, left to right) Debbie May and Kathy Parzak visit with Santa at a Christmas party Sunday for children of sailors serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Members of the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club and the Lake Stevens High School Key Club also volunteered at the party.

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By Amy Daybert
Herald Writer
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  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181 members (top row, left to right) Karen Wolfe, Kathy McEntire, Karen Morea, (bottom row, left to right) Debbie May a...

    Photo by Rob Racz

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181 members (top row, left to right) Karen Wolfe, Kathy McEntire, Karen Morea, (bottom row, left to right) Debbie May and Kathy Parzak visit with Santa at a Christmas party Sunday for children of sailors serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln. Members of the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club and the Lake Stevens High School Key Club also volunteered at the party.

LAKE STEVENS — When Karen Morea heard she could throw a Christmas party for children of sailors serving aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln, she jumped at the chance.
Morea, president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181, and other volunteers from the organization threw a party for 55 Navy families Sunday in the Lake Stevens High School cafeteria. Members of the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club and the Lake Stevens High School Key Club also volunteered at the event.
“We did a carnival atmosphere,” Morea said. “There was a fishing pond, a ring toss, bingo area, coloring center, cookie making and the Key Club did face painting.”
About 150 children attended the event. Many had their picture taken with Santa Claus and signed their name or traced their hand on a banner that was sent to family members serving aboard the Lincoln, Morea said.
Members of the Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club also helped to serve a lunch of hot dogs and chips.
Rob Racz, a member of the Lake Steven Kiwanis Club, volunteered to take photos at the event.
“The kids were having a great time,” he said.
Organizers were expecting fewer children to register for the party than actually did, Morea said, but they were happy to have a larger crowd.
She said the American Legion Auxiliary may host a party again next year.
“I would absolutely love to do it next year,” Morea said. “It was such a phenomenal event. It would be nice if we could open it up to all Navy families.”
The event is something that Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club member Gary Wolfe said he would like to see continue.
He heard kids ask Santa for items including toy trains, puppies and iPods.
“One girl asked Santa to bring her daddy back home,” he said.
Hosting the party was a huge community effort, Morea added.
“I had a lot of people help,” she said. “It was such a group activity in the community.”

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.
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