I know it doesn’t feel like it, but it is Fall already, and Christmas will be here before we know it.

And…guess what! The Cholla Children’s Christmas Party will be held on Sat. Dec. 12th. this year

This party is the one event that we do each year just for our Mexican friends that live in or have strong ties to Cholla. And they do so look forward to this party!

We usually have about 100 kids attend this party, last year we had 96, mas o menos. Each child will have a picture taken with Santa (usually the family is taken together) which is framed for them, receive a gift from Santa, choose a gift to give to his/her mom, enjoy popcorn, enter a raffle for really “good” prizes (there is a raffle for the moms, too and they love it) play games and win prizes (everybody wins) enjoy hotdogs, chips and a drink, entertain the parents and guests with singing, and, one of the favorite activities, break the piñatas! Wow!

For all of this to happen, we need a lot of help. You can help with donations of money, toys, moms’ gifts and/or helping at the party. The helpers have as much fun as the kids, maybe more. If you would like to help please let me know ahead of time so I can assign you a task. We also need toys for the game prizes and special toys for the kids’ raffle and gifts for the moms’ and the moms’ raffle.

Remember, all money not used for the party will be given to the Mexican families that live in Cholla. Last year we were able to give 32 families a little over $2100! Wow! You Chollans out there are the greatest! This really helps make their Christmas joyful! And for most, this is their Christmas. No wonder they so look forward to it.

Please make your check out to Cholla Bay Sportsmen’s Club, CBSC will do, or to me, Nancy Schmidli, and mail it to me, 10645 W. Connecticut Ave., Sun City, Az. 85351. If you want to donate toys and gifts, I plan to be in Cholla the last week or so of October and also over Thanksgiving weekend. If you are bringing them at another time, email me, nschmidli645@gmail.com and I will tell you where you can leave them.

Hope you all are having a wonderful “Fall” and hope to see you all in “The Bay”