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River Creek Blog: Santa’s in town

This past Saturday night, the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFR) provided transportation for Santa’s annual trek through Lansdowne and River Creek. He gave his reindeer a rest so they would be ready for Christmas Eve. Instead he rode on top of an AVFR fire truck that went screaming along the streets waving and promising good things for the Christmas season.

There’s no rest this time of year for the man in red. On Dec.10, Santa will attend a brunch at the River Creek Club from 9:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. He will be available for photo ops and to mix with the children.

The cost for adults: $42.95; kids 4 to 12 $14.95; those 3 and under $6.95 and that includes a photo with Santa. Adults with One membership: $32.95, the kids $10.95 and $2.95. For reservations, Club members can call 703-779-2022 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bright Life Buddies

In the spirit of Santa and that of giving, the Bright Life Buddies at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Lansdowne have been collecting items to give to the less fortunate. The collection period has been Nov. 6 to Dec. 6, but according to a school spokesperson they won’t be wrapping the items until Dec. 15, so collections can continue until then. The designated donations include new unwrapped toys and new or gently used coats. Gift cards are welcome from locations such as Giant, Wegmans, Target, fast food restaurants and Walmart. Donation boxes are located outside the main office and in the library.

The mission of Bright Life Buddies: We are dedicated to establishing a volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships and leadership development for all students. As a result of our involvement, students become inspirational leaders and make lifelong friendships.

If you recall, the Bright Life Buddies began when a 10 year old girl at Belmont Ridge Middle School befriended a special needs student, one with autism. It went on from there so that the students are paired with each other and they share time playing and having fun together making it an uplifting experience.

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