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The 9th annual Cookies with Santa event took place on Dec. 10 at the Sergeant Tommy Prince Recreation Centre.

The event, put on by the Winnipeg Child and Family Services Foster Care/Kinship Program, was well attended with 213 children and 92 families. Of the 92 families, 45 per cent were kinship providers.

The room was filled with children enjoying a variety of games, crafts, cookie decorating, an array of holiday treats, a visit with Santa complete with gift, and guest appearances from the Costume Alliance—including characters Elsa, Anna, Princess Jasmine and Spider-Man.

As always, this event is made possible with the help of enthusiastic volunteers. In total, there were 65 helpers this year who helped make the event a success. Included in the volunteers was the MLA for Seine River, Janice Morley-Lecomte, who attended the event along with an assistant. Morley-Lecomte engaged with the participants during the event and pitched in with the clean up.

Cookies with Santa also continues to receive the support of HOPE Worldwide Canada, a non-profit organization which provides services to help the poor and needy in local communities. HOPE provided more than 20 volunteers for the event. The Sergeant

Tommy Prince Recreation Centre once again generously provided the space to hold the event, as well as a donation of coffee and juice.

Church partners donated seven nut-free dainty trays, including gluten-free options. As well, Cookies with Santa received donations of chips from Old Dutch and chocolates from Giant Tiger.