The City of Reading has announced Santa Claus will be visiting neighborhoods on Friday, December 18, 2020, from 4-6pm, in a caravan by the Reading Police and Fire Department.
Simultaneously, the Reading Recreation Commission will be distributing 500 Holiday Gift Bags with goodies for kids in coordination with Friday’s meal and pantry box distribution and Santa’s visit.
“We’re beyond thankful for all of the support that we’ve received from our community partners to make our Holiday Gift Bag giveaway a success!” said Daphne Klahr, Executive Director, Reading Recreation Commission.
Santa Claus will be riding on the Reading Fire Department’s Ladder Truck and escorted by the Reading Police Department.
His journey will begin at Schlegel Park and Travel through Oakbrook, Millmont, Neversink, 3rd and Spruce, Baer Park, Glenside, 11th and Pike, down 13th through City Park and back to Schlegel Park.
“I am happy to be part of bringing some holiday magic and joy to the children of Reading. We want this event to help the kids of Reading create memories of a beautiful Christmas season in 2020,” said Mayor Eddie Morán. “Thank you to our City officials for helping to bring Santa to town!”
Holiday Bags have been filled by several area organizations, including employees of the Reading Hospital with hygiene products, Godiva and the Pagoda Foundation with candies, Wood to Wonderful with toys, Bausman Memorial Church with hats, the Reading Public Library with books and the Reading Recreation Commission with socks.
Pantry boxes are courtesy of Helping Harvest. Locations and times for gift distributions include, City Park: 4-5pm, 3rd and Spruce: 4:30-5:30pm, 11th and Pike: 4:30-5:30pm.