By: Lori Gottula
The crisp oranges and yellows of fall provided the perfect backdrop Sunday afternoon for the ninth annual Jingle Bell Ride through Falls City. (The charitable event is a horse-centered activity where riders drive through town gathering new toys for needy children for Christmas.)
The event is organized by Sherry Huddleston, Beverly Chesnut, Anne Youde, and Cathy Davis. According to Sherry, who is the chairperson, this year’s ride resulted in “enough toys to fill a pickup bed to the top of the shell, front to back. There were 90 scheduled stops, and approximately 30 horses involved.” There were also groups on hayrack, singing Christmas carols as they rode through the neighborhoods.
In addition, volunteers provided soup and hot dogs in the Shopko parking lot before and after the ride, so those who participated could eat lunch. Sandy and Dave Gantz gave free rides on their cart pulled by miniature horses. Some of the others who participated also gave free rides to local children, and Santa Claus showed up at Shopko to listen to children’s wishes for Christmas.
The stack of toys will be distributed through Southeast Community Action Center. According to director Melissa in December to families that have applied through SENCA. The distribution date in Humboldt is at the Humboldt Christian Church on December 17. The toys will be distributed in Falls City on December 18th at Northridge Church. For more information about applying, or to donate a new toy, contact Melissa Hardenburger at SENCA by Friday, Nov. 13. The telephone number is (402) 245-5284.