BEECH CREEK — The 6th Annual Beech Creek-Blanchard Santa Jump Jamboree was a resounding success despite the inclement weather.
Officers did their best to keep everyone informed on the jamboree Facebook page throughout the event, periodically posting weather updates.
Billie Orndorf — president of the Santa Jump Jamboree — went live periodically to brief the public and show what the jump had in store.
“We have many suppliers” said Orndorf. “We only have one free table this year. Let’s go out and shop!
Santa and his elves couldn’t parachute into the field as planned due to FAA weather restrictions at the time, but he managed to meet the kids at the fire station for photos and gift bags.
The rest of Santa Jump went as planned, with vendors set up inside the community center, social hall, and outside. Both the social hall and the community center had a wide variety of stores to meet every need.
There were lots of homemade crafts by various retail vendors, leather and woodworking stalls, different baked goods, and even jewelry. The majority of the products offered at this event were handcrafted by hard workers.
This year the kids enjoyed crafts inside the truck bay as well as a scavenger hunt. The cards filled in for the scavenger hunt were taken and used for another drawing – where an adult and a child had their names drawn to win a Walmart gift card.
Since the resumption of the Santa Jump Jamboree in 2016, the donations that the Jamboree makes to nonprofit organizations have steadily increased. Last year, they were able to donate a total of $7,000 to the Friendship Community Center and the Beech Creek-Blanchard Volunteer Fire Company.
“We will continue this event…and become something even more wonderful for our children and our community,” the Jamboree posted on its Facebook page after the event.
Keep an eye on the event page for the list of basket and bike raffle winners!