For the 63rd year, the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Club will man
on Christmas Eve (December 24th) for its Santa Delivery of gifts
to children in the Portage Lakes area.
It started in 1951 with a small group of men and only one sleigh, and has grown to a fleet of 15 sleighs and Santa Teams with more than 150 volunteers, covering nearly all of Coventry Township and the City of New Franklin.
To participate in the Santa Delivery, families can begin dropping off their wrapped gift packages on Monday Dec. 1st at the following locations: Coventry Fire Department, First Merit Bank (Coventry and Manchester), Chase Bank (Manchester), PNC Bank (Coventry), Akron Coin & Jewelry, Ayers Insurance, Elias Insurance and Innovative Auto Service. All drop off locations will close December 20, with the exception of the Coventry Fire Department closing on Sunday, December 21.
Gift packages are limited to no bigger than the size of a shoe box. Each drop off location will have maps, labels, rules and other information concerning delivery.
Sleighs will start out from the Kiwanis Civic Center at 5 p.m. on Christmas eve Wednesday, Dec. 24th. Loud speakers on the sleighs will announce their arrival to streets along the routes. Parents should have their children dressed and ready to greet Santa. Outside lights at the home should be on to make each stop easy to find. WE ARE UNABLE TO SCHEDULE DELIVERY TIMES OR KNOW THE EXACT TIME WHEN YOUR SANTA TEAM WILL ARRIVE.
Participating parents with physically challenged children, who are unable to meet Santa on his sleigh outside their homes, are asked to call 330-644-8967 to make arrangements so these kids will not be missed.
The Santa Delivery tradition is made possible through the continued support of Kiwanis Rose Remembrance Day and Pirates Days by the local community.
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
-Pirate Days Reverse Raffle/Silent
-Easter Egg Hunt
-Presidents Day Community
-Portage Lakes Kiwanis Tower
-Fabulous Fish Fry
-Camp Y-Noah Maintenance Projects
-Rose Remembrance Day
-Educational Grant Scholarships
-Pig Roast and Luau
-Picnic for Families with Disabilities
-Haunted Hay Ride
-Clean Up Portage Lakes Drive
-Kiwanis Civic Center