Santa’s Village sets record, raises $60,685
Food and toy donations at the recent 23rd annual Santa’s Village event at Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex at the University of Tennessee at Mar-tin set a record with a value of $60,685.
Attendance at the three-day event last weekend was 12,837, the fourth largest in Santa’s Village history.
Co-sponsored by the Martin Department of Parks and Recreation, the C.E. Weldon Public Library and UT Martin, the event featured 26,000 square feet of lights, holiday displays and continuous entertainment. Admission was the donation of $5 of food items or toys.
Exceeding the $60,000 donations mark for the first time allowed the total value for 23 years to top $750,000. Overall attendance now has exceeded 200,000.
Santa’s Village gets off to a good start each year with food provided by Weakley County schools, via the WCMT can caravan. WCMT and Santa’s Village visitors donated a total of 33,662 food items this year, an increase of 3,000 over last year.
“On behalf of the City of Martin Parks and Recreation Department, the C.E. Weldon Public Library and the University of Tennessee at Martin, we extend our deepest appreciation for the outpouring support beginning with all the volunteers who help to make Santa’s Village possible to the visitors who continue to open their hearts to help those who are in need,” said Dennis Suiter, Martin Parks and Recreation Department director.
Service agencies receiving food and toys collected at Santa’s Village this year include Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council, Obion County American Red Cross, We Care Ministries, Santa’s Helpers and Chimes for Charity, which receives a significant amount of canned goods from the effort.
Published in The Messenger 12.12.07