Now in it’s third year, the Monaca Fire Department has confirmed with Santa that he will be arriving this Saturday, December 19th, to meet all of the boys and girls of Monaca. Beginning at Noon, Santa will begin his trek through Monaca by starting in the downtown area. He will then proceed to heights, beginning in the 5th Ward area and finishing in the 4th Ward area.
As was the case in previous years, Santa will be stopping at pre-selected “Santa Stop Spots” In the past three years, the number of stop spots has grown from approximately 25 to this year over 75. The fire department wanted to make sure that families did not have to walk far from their homes to be able to meet Santa.
Below is a map of this year’s route that shows where each Santa Stop Spot is. Due to the increased number of stop spots, the fire department will only be able to make stops at these locations in order to make it through the entire town on one day. Santa does have to get back to the North Pole to oversee all of the presents being packed on his sleigh of course. The Santa Stop Spots will be marked with a snowflake sign in the area of each of the spots indicated on the map, please wait there with your children.
While last weekend’s weather had everyone running around in shorts and t-shirts, this weekend appears to be more seasonal with temperatures in the 30’s. Santa has some technologically savvy elves, and as such, residents of Monaca will be able to track Santa in real time via GPS. Live tracking will be available upon Santa’s arrival on Saturday at www.MonacaFire.com/Santa. Once you see Santa a stop or two before yours, the fire department recommends that you head over to your spot to minimize the amount of time you are outside.
Not only will the fire department will be providing candy treats for the children, they will also be taking pictures of the kids with Santa and providing them free of charge to parents on their Facebook page.
If you were not aware, the Fire Department is also sponsoring a few families for their Second annual Secret Santa Adopt-A-Family campaign. While the nomination period is closed for this year, the fire department is still collecting presents and monetary donations to be used to purchase toys, clothes, and food for these Monaca families in need. If you would like donate to this cause, they firefighters will be collecting the donations while they will be taking Santa around on Saturday. Just approach a firefighter with your donation and they will gladly place it in a truck for you.
As a member of the fire department, I can say by far this is one of the most rewarding experiences that I have each and every year. We have seen this program grow over the last three years and the excitement that grows with it. We put a great amount of pride in decorating the trucks and buildings to bring a smile to our residents. We can’t thank the residents of Monaca enough for the support they give us each and every year in the form of donations, support of our events, and participating in our fundraisers. It is things like Santa Comes to Town and Secret Santa that allows us to give back to our supporting community.
Additional information, including the live tracking of Santa, can be found at www.MonacaFire.com/Santa