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SPENCERVILLE - The 33rd annual Christmas Party for Underprivileged Children will be held on Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. at the VFW Post 6772 Home in Spencerville. This will be the 33rd year the VFW clowns have hosted the party. It is estimated that over 4,600 children have been entertained at the Christmas season with the many beautiful individual sponsors in and around our community. Around 147 children attended this party last year.

Sponsors purchase a gift for a child, wrap it, and bring it to the VFW Post home for the Christmas party. Then they share a meal of pizza, hot dogs, cookies, chips, pop and coffee with the children, and give their gift of love to the child they are sponsoring for the afternoon. Sponsors are asked to be at the post by 1:30 p.m. so the clowns may "thank" them and they will be there to welcome their children as they arrive at 2 p.m.

Sponsorships for boys and girls ages infant through 18 are open to individuals as well as churches and organizations. Those wishing to be sponsors are asked to call (all 419 area code) the VFW Post home at 647-4144, Kim Metzger at 647-6723, Polly or Jerry Welker at 228-2018, Sandra Wienken at 695-4431, Karen and Kenny Shafer at 647-4370, Clara Walter at 905-7139, Elisha Wiss at 204-8552, Ron Shook at 647-6226, George Cox at 667-4601 or Rachel Rahrig at (567) 204-0960.

You may also contact the clowns by mail. Send to VFW Post 6772 Clown Unit, Box 3, Spencerville, Ohio, 45887. In the event a person wishes to be a sponsor but is unable to attend the party, arrangements will be made for Santa to present their gift.

This year's children will be from the Samaritan House, Crossroads Crisis Center, Van Wert Children's Services, Allen County Children's Services along with needy children from area homes. We also have invited children from Auglaize, Mercer and Putman County Children's Services this year. If you feel that an area child needs to be at this party please call one of our clowns to enter them for this party.

Any children signed up for the party should be at the Post by 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Please, if anyone signs up a needy child to attend the party, make sure the child is there for the party. Deadline for entering local children for this party is Monday, Nov. 26.

Only under emergency conditions will the gift be delivered if the child is not there. We owe it to our beautiful sponsors who take their time to buy a gift and set aside a couple hours to share their love with these beautiful children.