Local Granger family spreading holiday cheer
GRANGER, Ind. – Santa and his elves are spreading Christmas cheer in Granger neighborhoods.
The Naman family is getting in the Christmas spirit and surprising kids throughout the Granger area with a visit from Santa. Mia and Madison Naman saw the impact that COVID-19 had on the holidays and how children weren’t able to interact with Santa Claus like previous years. So, the two girls came up with an idea to spread some holiday cheer in Granger neighborhoods and also tying their initiative to their non-profit organization Waves of Welldoing.
“This is my favorite holiday and my favorite part of the year. So, I wanted to make sure that everyone in the area had the chance to experience Christmas as I did, when I was younger and to be able to meet Santa Claus and tell him what you want for Christmas and have that sort of special connection with him,” Naman said.
Dressed as they live in the north pole, the Naman family has gone to more than 40 homes to spread Christmas joy to families across the Granger community. Surprising kids with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the elves and to deliver candy canes and take pictures, in a socially distanced manner.
During Santa’s visits, Mia and Madison also collect food for the Northeast Neighborhood Food Pantry or unwrapped new toys for Toys for Tots.
“Some families are donating toys to help other people out who can’t afford toys this Christmas, and so it really ties into the charity aspect to where we’re helping them by bringing them Santa Claus and they're helping us by donating toys and food to other people,” Madison said.
This is the first year the Naman family has done the Christmas drive. They’ve collected more than 1,000 food items and more than 130 toys.
You can learn more about Waves of Welldoing here