Children Get Calls from Santa

By WEEK Reporter

December 11, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:26 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Children across the Peoria area received a special phone call on Sunday, courtesy of volunteers at the Peoria Park District.

Calls from Santa is a tradition the Peoria Park District has held for numerous years.

This year, nearly 400 area children submitted their holiday wish lists early, guaranteeing them a phone call.

Head Elf and Coordinator of Leisure Services Samantha Neal says the program is great way to spread holiday cheer.

"That is Santa's Elves working in the workshop. We have a lot of bells, people that are building things, putting toys back together to distribute to the kids," said Neal.

Santa Claus received a helping hand from 25 local volunteers this year.

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