LOGAN, W.Va. — Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Logan City Hall. Statuettes, lights and decorations abound and talk was about the lighter side of the holiday season on Tuesday evening as well as the more serious business of running a municipality.
Logan Fire Chief Scott Beckett said that the town’s annual “Operation Santa” gift giving project will be disbursing toys to boys and girls on Dec. 17 at the decorated lot across from the Hot Cup cafe on Stratton Street.
“If you have new toys you would like to donate you can drop them off at City Hall,” Beckett said at the December 13th city council meeting. “We will be getting them wrapped and ready on Dec. 15 and 16, and then on the 17th at noon we will start giving them out. We will keep on until we run out of toys or kids stop coming.”
Beckett noted that in the past volunteers had gone out making deliveries but it was decided to have a primary distribution point this Christmas in order to make things easier and more efficient.
Last month City Councilman Jay Mullins kicked off the fundraising for Operation Santa with a donation for the event at city hall.
Town Hall was filled with children on Tuesday night who were honored by the council for their exceptional performance this year in the youth football league. Mayor Serafino Nolletti read a proclamation declaring Logan Youth Football Champions Day in their honor and each child received a certificate thanking them for their hard work and dedication.
Councilman Howard Jemerison said he was proud of the junior athletes for the discipline and devotion they had shown during their championship season.
“This is really a great bunch of kids,” Mullins added, noting, “The lessons you have learned about working hard and staying focused can benefit you when you apply them to other areas in life.”
The players were also presented with a plaque from the city.
In other news:
• The city’s annual Christmas Party will be held Wednesday evening at the Logan Shrine Club at 7 p.m.
• On New Year’s Eve, the Logan Fire Department will be putting on a lavish fireworks show.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.