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I wanted to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the local businesses who are spreading the Christmas cheer for the children in our community. My 3-year-old son Mason and I had a great weekend visiting Santa all over town. We saw Santa three different times at three different businesses for free, not to mention that he sat on his lap at the Christmas parade last weekend too.
As the weekend winds down, I’ve find myself reflecting on the sermon Bob Cull gave at MBC this morning about The Last Supper when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples teaching them the importance of being a servant and I feel so blessed to live in such a giving community. I especially want to say thank you to The Raisin Factory, North Park Pharmacy and Dave Kelley’s Elk Creek Hunt Club for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide such a great service to my family.
On Friday, we attended the Raisin’ Factory’s Annual Christmas Program where I was reminded how blessed we are to have such genuine and caring people looking after our children. I doubt Debbie Smoot realized that she referred to the kids as “my kids” when she explained a few were out with a stomach bug but I know that she cares for “her kids” as if they are her own. Needless to say that means the world to me and all the other parents. I spoke with two sobbing mothers (who shall remain nameless) after the program, one was overwhelmed because it was her son’s first performance at the Raisin Factory and the other because it was her daughter’s last. I think this establishment is one of a kind and Owenton is lucky to have it; thanks to all the staff at the Raisin Factory (and Santa) for being so good to my child.
On Saturday, we visited North Park Pharmacy and Mason had his picture taken with the sweetest Santa ever. As always, the staff at North Park were super friendly, patient with the kids and very kind to provide all Santa’s visitors with a free picture printed directly from their kiosk. North Park is truly an asset to our community not only through their products and services but also in their giving back to charities and community organizations.
On Sunday, we attended Dave Kelley’s Snowball Blast at Elk Creek Hunt Club where we saw Santa and Mrs. Claus. I was truly overwhelmed at such a generous event where they provided framed photos with Santa, face painting, ornament making, BB gun target shooting, roasting marshmellows, smores, hot dogs, food and drinks all for free. They even had a drawing and gave away two fishing poles and a Red Ryder. Mason and I had a great time and once again I’m feeling very thankful for such a huge display of generosity.
I think it’s so important that we all try to shop locally whenever humanly possible so that we never lose the hometown benefits of neighbors serving each other. I’m actually feeling pretty guilty that, although I looked around, I didn’t buy anything at North Park or Elk Creek this weekend. Although money is tight this time of year, I know that God will bless these businesses and servants for their giving and I pray your blessings are 10 fold the giving. I personally can’t thank you all enough for the joy you add to my life. Merry Christmas.
Shanna Richardson Osborne
and Mason Marsh