Hopwood kicks off Christmas celebration on Friday
Hopwood will kick off the holiday season on Friday with a special celebration that starts at 5:30 p.m.
The event is hosted by the Hopwood Volunteer Fire Department and the Hopwood Villagers.
“Everyone will gather at the volunteer fire department, then walk down to where the tree will be lit,” said Elaine Frantz, Hopwood Villager member and event coordinator.
The large live tree will be located in a parklet area at the corner of Route 40 and Hopwood/Fairchance Road.
Participants will sing Christmas carols and Santa Claus will arrive in a Hopwood fire truck to meet the children.
The evening will include fun activities for children and adults alike.
“We will be making some little crafts,” Frantz said. “We will be making little bird feeder crafts where they take pine cones, cover them in peanut butter then roll them in birdseed.”
Frantz said participants will also decorate and sign Christmas cards that will be given to disabled veterans in local veterans hospital facilities.
“We looked for local troops that are oversees but then someone suggested the veterans in Oakland,” Frantz said. “People liked the idea so much that we had enough cards donated and we didn't even have to purchase any.”
Organizers will hold a food collection of non-perishable items that will be distributed to families in need in the area.
“We want to collect canned goods to help the area food pantry,” Frantz said. A pantry is located in the Hopwood Free Methodist Church. “All of the food that we collect will then be given to families in the Hopwood area and in our community.”
Frantz hopes to see the community turn out.
“I hope that we see the community and families in the community come out and celebrate the joy of Christmas with us,” Frantz said. “I think it will be nice for parents to show their children the spirit of giving to others who may not be as fortunate. This event will bring a nice sense of community.”
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Consumer, core prices inch up
- Flyers continue mastery of Penguins at Consol
- Karns City soccer teams advance
- Pitt offense eyes healthy balance
- SEC approves looser mortgage lending guidelines
- Pittsburgh Ballet starts 45th season with classic ‘Sleeping Beauty’
- After long wait to be a starter, Forsythe producing big yards for Waynesburg
- West Allegheny updating elementary schools
- Steelers’ defense on pace for fewest sacks in 16-game season
- Previewing some of Western Pa.’s top Week 9 matchups
- Starkey: Century mark beckons for Ben