Watch Santa come to Breese at 6 p.m. Saturday during the Celebration of Lights parade; holiday lighting display, fireworks and more to follow at Northside Park.
Ready or not ... the holiday season is upon us. The Christmas spirit will be shining this Saturday, Nov. 28 in Breese as the Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Celebration of Lights Christmas Parade. (In the event of inclement weather, activities will be moved to Sunday, Nov. 29).
The parade, which begins at 6 p.m. (line up between 5 and 5:30 p.m.), brings Santa Claus into town. Entries will line up on North Broadway Street, near City Hall, and travel Main Street to Northside Park where Santa will “flip the switch” to turn on the new and improved Celebration of Lights display at the park.
Breese has been lighting up its park for several years; however, a Lighting Committee was formed two years ago to expand and improve the lighting display.
There are wooden soldiers on guard and arched tunnels at the entrances to Northside Park in Breese, candy canes line the circle drive, ice skaters and penguins have taken over a corner of the park, while three little elves also greet visitors.
Dedicated volunteers have been working countless hours to erect the lighting displays and interactive scenes.
The holiday trivia contest has returned this year with the winner receiving a gift basket from Fred’s.
Lining the park are lit boxes to represent 24 days of Christmas. Each day from Nov. 28 to Dec. 22, a new clue will be added to one of the boxes in reference to a Christmas story, movie or song. Box No. 1 is located on the east side of the park by the arches. Entry forms for the contest (with all the details) are available at Fred’s and will be handed out during the parade.
Another attraction for the little ones in town will be locating “Breezy the Elf,” a small mischievous elf who will be hiding throughout the displays in the park.
After the festivities on Saturday night, the park’s circle drive will be open, and motorists can drive through to get a better look at the large Nativity scene under the grandstand or park their cars and stroll through the park on foot.
Following Santa’s arrival at the park, a fireworks display and visits with Santa will be the grand finale of the evening.
To show compassion to all, tending to and feeding the sheep of Jesus Christ and loving one another as Christ has loved us — no matter whom nor where. That is the mission of Feed My Sheep Ministry. These goals were carried out recently when a group of local women joined the ministry on a 7-day mission trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras.
Last month, Judy Hemann, Mary Innes, Kathleen Hodges and Jackie Toennies traveled with a group of over 30 who had a busy week setting up four medical clinics and visiting two orphanages, two schools, a maternity ward and a children’s cancer hospital.
During the medical clinics, over 1,400 people were seen by the doctors or nurses. The volunteers helped give out 60,120 children’s vitamins, 78,920 adult vitamins, four gallons of children’s liquid vitamins and 4,680 prenatal vitamins. They also assisted with the distribution of 1,322 pairs of sunglasses, 951 reading or vision glasses and 469 sets of toothbrushes and toothpaste.
At the hospitals, maternity ward and cancer center over 200 layettes and hundreds of beanie babies were given to the patients along with many prayers that were said for the people who needed them the most. At the orphanages hundreds of flip-flops, some clothes, bracelets and other fun items were given out to the kids.
The local volunteers expressed a huge thank you to all the individuals who donated funds, items or helped them to raise money to be able to purchase many of the items that were distributed.
As we all celebrate the holiday season in our own homes, it’s easy for us to get comfortable in our little section of God’s world. Let us not forget that there are others — in Honduras, other poor countries of the Western Hemisphere or even in our own towns and neighborhoods — living in conditions of poverty.
For more information on Feed My Sheep Ministry call or write to: Feed My Sheep Ministry, 407 E. Lincoln, Belleville, Illinois 62220. Phone: 618-779-3337 or 618-779-3338.
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