Sharing holiday cheer in Kinsman

Santa Claus, assisted by Jennifer Ribley and Amy Davis of the Kinsman Business and Community Association, place Christmas gifts outside the Boyd’s Kinsman Home on Sunday for the residents who live there. The association organized a Christmas parade through the Kinsman Square and then delivered gifts at the group home. Staff photo / Bob Coupland

KINSMAN — To bring holiday cheer to residents of Kinsman and the Boyd’s Kinsman Home, members of the Kinsman Business and Community Association organized a community parade and delivered gifts to adults with special needs.

Children and their families waiting along the roads near Kinsman Center watched as the parade of floats, horses, antique cars, fire vehicles, tractors, the Grinch, elves and Santa traveled from Good Intentions Market to the center to the Boyd’s Kinsman Home. Santa picked up letters at the center in a small gingerbread house where children could drop off their wish lists.

Signs flashing “Slow. Santa Ahead” told motorists to be ready for the parade and Santa’s arrival.

Zoey Montgomery, 4, with her mother, Sarah Montgomery of Farmdale, watched as Santa arrived on a float.

Montgomery said her daughter wants a Gabby’s dollhouse.

“This is our first time coming to this. The parade was a lot of fun to watch,” Montgomery said.

Zoey said she liked the pepperoni crust tree on one of the floats.

Braelynn Bakos, 5, of Kinsman, waited for Santa with Ron Hartman, also of Kinsman.

Braelynn said she wants a Barbie doll for Christmas.

Joseph Ribley of the business association said it organized the parade and the delivery of gifts to Boyd’s Kinsman Home.

“We had a giving tree and people donated gifts for the residents at Boyd’s Kinsman Home. It was the community (that) helped make this possible. Last year, we held this but did not have a lot of publicity because of COVID-19. This year, we pushed it a little bit more and it worked out well,” Ribley said.

When Santa and his crew arrived in the parking lot at Boyd’s Kinsman Home, the residents inside were waving and laughing to see the presents and bags left at the main door.

Ribley said he and his wife, Jennifer, and Floyd and Amy Davis, organized the business association and found ways to hold local events and give back to the community.

The association built a small gingerbread house that sat at the square to accept letters from children to Santa.

Jennifer Ribley said the community members stepping up made the event a success.


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