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Santa makes early visit to Minturn

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Minturn kids met Santa at the Turntable Restaurant in Minturn on Tuesday to receive their gifts, which were donated by the Minturn Community Fund.
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MINTURN — Santa made an early visit to children in need in the Minturn area Tuesday afternoon, bringing holiday cheer and plenty of cold weather clothes and other gifts.

Santa, looking suspiciously like John Rosenfeld of Johnie’s Gardens, didn’t use reindeer this time. Instead, he hitched a ride on a fire engine driven by the crew from the Minturn Eagle River Fire Protection District with his toys being carried by volunteers from SteamMaster. The gifts included hats, gloves, jackets and snow boots along with other basic cold weather clothing needs. But Santa also brought plenty of toys ranging from art supplies to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Most of the children met Santa personally at the Turntable Restaurant in Minturn to receive their gifts.

The gifts were purchased and donated by the Minturn Community Fund. This is the second year that Minturn Community Fund board member and volunteer Nancy Hassett has organized the Winter Gala. The proceeds from the Minturn Community Fund-sponsored event, which was held less than two weeks ago, purchased over $5,000 in gifts for children in the community. Lorenzo Martinez, former Minturn chief of police and another Minturn Community Fund board member and volunteer, assisted in identifying the children and organizing the distribution of the gifts.

“There are so many people to thank for this effort,” said Minturn Community Fund Executive Director Guy Patterson. “This is as close to hometown community as you can ask for. From the gala to the visit from Santa, this was created and carried out by an amazingly diverse and dedicated group of volunteers. Even the local fire district and the town of Minturn got involved. Our volunteers, our community — they blow me away!”

The Minturn Community Fund was incorporated as a nonprofit in 2002. It supports cultural, educational and community-building events and programming within Minturn. For more information, visit http://www.minturncommunityfund.org.