Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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October 13, 2008

Santa’s Cause Revs up for Christmas Charity Season

Hoping to give every child a smile on Christmas morning, organizers have put together an event to help the less fortunate children of Decatur County have a memorable holiday.

The Santa’s Cause Steel Horse Rodeo and Bike Show is set to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 and continue until noon the following Sunday at the Hidden Paradise Campground in St. Paul.

Santa’s Cause of Decatur County was designed by business owners and organizations in the county as a vehicle to ensure that families who may be struggling during the holidays have an opportunity to give their children gifts. But the group still needs assistance from the community. Donations, in the form of new cash, toys or games, are welcome. According to Santa’s Cause secretary Barb Embree, the items can be donated at one of the group’s drop-off locations.

Last year’s Santa’s Cause raised several thousands to buy gifts for children, and Embree hopes this year’s event will be even more successful.

“We’re trying to raise enough money to help even more children this year,” she explained. “The needs are greater this year.”

Families in need will create wish-lists, and Santa’s Cause will do their best to fulfill those wishes. Items of necessity like boots, mittens and clothes will take priority, Embree said.

“It’s whatever they need.”

At the Hidden Paradise Campground attendees will be invited to enjoy four bands, including Flashback on Saturday night. There will also be a bike show with trophies, four poker runs lead by Santa Claus himself, 10 motorcycle rodeo events with prizes, a hog roast, food and beverage vendors featuring adult beverages, games for kids and a free breakfast on Sunday morning.

A $10 fee will be required, and children under 12 will get in free. Tent and RV camping is available at the campground.

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