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Father Christmas, assisted by Jennifer Ribley and Amy Davis of the Kinsman Business and Community Association, places Christmas presents outside Boyd’s Kinsman Home on Sundays for residents who live there. The association organized a Christmas parade through Kinsman Square and then delivered gifts to the group home. Staff photo / Bob Coupland

KINSMAN – To bring holiday cheer to residents of Kinsman and Boyd’s Kinsman Home, members of the Kinsman Business and Community Association held a community parade and delivered gifts to adults with special needs.

Children and their families who waited along the roads near the Kinsman Center watched the parade of chariots, horses, vintage cars, fire engines, tractors, the Grinch, elves and Santa Claus make their way to the market good intentions in the center to Boyd’s Kinsman House. Santa Claus picked up letters from the center in a small gingerbread house where the children could leave their wish lists.

Flashing signs “Slow down. Santa Claus forward” tells motorists to be ready for the parade and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Zoey Montgomery, 4, with her mother, Sarah Montgomery from Farmdale, watched Santa Claus arrive in a chariot.

Montgomery said her daughter wanted a Gabby dollhouse.

“This is the first time we’ve come to this. The parade was a lot of fun to watch ”, said Montgomery.

Zoey said she liked the pepperoni crust tree on one of the floats.

Braelynn Bakos, 5, from Kinsman, waited for Santa Claus with Ron Hartman, also from Kinsman.

Braelynn said she wanted a Barbie doll for Christmas.

Joseph Ribley of the business association said he organized the parade and the delivery of gifts to Boyd’s Kinsman Home.

“We had a gift tree and people gave gifts to the residents of Boyd’s Kinsman Home. It is the community (who) helped make this possible. Last year we hosted this but didn’t get much publicity because of COVID-19. This year, we pushed it a little more and it worked well ”, Ribley said.

When Santa and his team pulled into the parking lot at Boyd’s Kinsman Home, residents inside were waving and laughing at the gifts and bags left at the front door.

Ribley said he and his wife Jennifer, Floyd and Amy Davis organized the business association and found ways to host local events and give back to the community.

The association built a small gingerbread house which sat in the square to receive letters from children to Santa Claus.

Jennifer Ribley said the community members who took action made the event a success.

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