Christmas in July at Immaculate Conception Parish

Photo by Joyce Ervin Photographed is Santa Claus (Thom Publiski) with one of his elves who had just sampled a blue Sno-Cone at the third annual Christmas in July event held at the Immaculate Conception Parish.

Photo by Joyce Ervin
Photographed is Santa Claus (Thom Publiski) with one of his elves who had just sampled a blue Sno-Cone at the third annual Christmas in July event held at the Immaculate Conception Parish.

By Joyce Ervin

Christmas in July was celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Parish on July 12 with all the trimmings to include a Christmas tree and a chance to sit on Santa’s knee.

The annual event is held to support Aid In Milan that receives much help at the holidays, but finds supplies run short later in the year.

The 2015 event committee volunteers, Lisa Koch, Julie Gephart and Elizabeth Satterley, and the  parish council spearheaded the event and were joined by parishioners, area residents and  the congregations of the Marble Memorial United Methodist Church and the Milan Free Methodist Church that supported the cause with donations of non-perishable food items and personal hygiene products.

Peoples Presbyterian Church held another donation drive during their Vacation Bible School that will add to the total that now stands at more than 1,500 pounds of food and personal care items that were delivered to the local charitable institution with the donation of a truck from the U-Haul Company.

Gephart said also received were donations of cash and gift cards totaling close to $500.

The goal of the parish is to make this annual event a community-wide effort, so help from other churches was greatly appreciated.  Also helping and appreciated were the efforts of  Howard Heath Knights of Columbus Council #7587 who prepared and served a light lunch.  

Christian’s Catering once again donated the use of a gas grill, members of the Catholic Women’s Circle furnished homemade cookies and Jan Kiger supplied Sno-Cones & cotton candy.  

A vocal musical performance by the Milan Troop 2407 American Heritage Girls was enjoyed by the more than the 100 people who attended the event.  A special thanks goes to Thom Publiski, who made a great Santa Claus.

Gephart spoke for all and said, “The support and participation of many in the Milan community once again helped to make this event successful.   We thank everyone for their generosity”.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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