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Alsatia Club plays Santa

December 09, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Some of Washington County's most unfortunate children were treated to a heartfelt Christmas party Saturday morning at the Alsatia Club in Hagerstown.

Millie Lowman, executive director of the Parent-Child Center on North Potomac Avenue, said the event was held to make Christmas a little merrier for 75 abused and neglected children. A few of the children - some as young as 5 years old - have been sexually assaulted, she said.

"These are children who, if we didn't have a party today, wouldn't get a Christmas present," Lowman said.

In addition to receiving a gift and a visit from Santa Claus, the children were given a meal that included hot dogs and chicken-noodle soup.

"I think it's really good for the community ... For the children," said Brandy Zello, who brought her two sons to the celebration.

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As Christmas music filled the room, children tried their hand at decorating cookies, but they seemed to eat the icing faster than they could spread it.

Brooke Snyder, 23 of Hagerstown said she brought her son, Jordan, 5, and daughter, Victoria, 7, to meet Santa.

"(Jordan) has been talking about meeting Santa all week," she said.

When asked whether he was having fun, Jordan said, "Why not?"

He said he was going to ask Santa for a Spider-Man clock that rings and V-Flash games.

"I like to see Santa, and I like to sit on his lap," he said. "I love reindeer. I think they're cute, and I love my cousins, and I love Santa Claus."

Jordan's outpouring of emotion brought tears to his mother's eyes.

"(The celebration) is wonderful for the kids," Brooke said. "It boosts their self esteem. It helps them get the holiday spirit. It's a lot of fun. That's what it's all about."

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