Local kids to get Christmas Eve surprise thanks to festive spirit of businesses

Supporters of the ‘Santa truck’ prepare for their Christmas Eve surprise. Photo: Melinda Jane.
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Residents of Jamisontown and South Penrith may get the chance to meet Mr and Mrs Claus this Christmas Eve.

A group of businesses have teamed up to help Santa spread some cheer by delivering some surprises to local kids.

South Penrith resident and organiser, Kate Clarke, said after a tough year something was needed to bring some smiles to the community.

“When I was a kid Santa would go around the streets on a fire truck and it was the highlight of Christmas, so over 10 years ago we started doing it, so my son had the same memories, “ she said.

“It was a lot to organise, so a few years ago we stopped, but after the year we have all had, my husband and I thought why don’t we bring the Santa truck back.”

Ms Clarke said the big man will be swapping a sleigh for a new ride to make his way around town.

“He will be on the back of a Kenno’s Cranes and Transport truck and will be travelling around the chunk in between The Northern and Mulgoa Road, and Jamison Road to the M4,” she said.

“We will post the route and times on our Facebook page so the kids can come out to the street to stand safely on the curb and receive a small gift or some lollies.”

To help buy the presents, Ms Clarke said she got some local businesses on board.

“I didn’t know if I would get anyone at such late notice but we have had overwhelming support so far and are still looking for more contributors, so we can cover a bigger area,” she said.

“Our supporters include Carters Tax Advisory, Novus Law Group, West Air Conditioning, Kenno’s Cranes, Total Plumbing Options, Penrith Solar Centre and Jasmyn Calgaro from Ray White.”

Ms Clarke said it is nice to see businesses give back this festive season.

“A lot of people have been hit hard this year, so for businesses to give back is lovely and in turn the community will support them where they can,” she said.

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