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Preschoolers Get Surprise Santa Visit

Santa Clause poses with a preschool class and their teachers
Santa Claus poses with a preschool class and their teachers.

Santa Visits Thompson Early Childhood Center

Preschoolers at Thompson Early Childhood Center got a surprise visit from Santa Claus himself Tuesday morning. With him, he brought an early Christmas gift for each of the roughly 180 children at Thompson. 
Joy and laughter filled the school’s multipurpose room as the children were delighted to see that Santa came to town a week early just to see them. After singing a few holiday songs, each student had the opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a present and a candy cane from him. With Santa’s elves all hard at work at the North Pole, TECC staff stepped in to help hand out wrapped packages of all shapes and sizes.   

TECC Director James Lanier poses with the Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club
TECC Director James Lanier poses with the Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club.


Santa’s special helpers, the members of the Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club, made this magical event possible by providing enough toys for each student at the school. 
When asked why he and Americas Guardians helped Santa bring joy to TECC, one of the club members said: “Especially with this last hurricane, we know there are a ton of families who have been displaced. Their money is going to other options other than buying Christmas presents. We have the means and the resources in the community to gather Christmas presents, and it absolutely brings joy to our hearts to see a child that may not have the opportunity to have a really good Christmas like other children, and for us to bring a little joy to their life.” 
TECC Director James Lanier said that this is the second year in a row Americas Guardians has provided toys for Santa to hand out at Thompson and that the event is a sign that the Christmas spirit is alive and well.   

A TECC student receives a gift from Santa
A TECC student receives a gift from Santa.

TECC students high-five and thank members of Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club
TECC students high-five and thank members of Americas Guardians Motorcycle Club.