The Braxton County Emergency Services hosted their first annual community Christmas Tree Lighting event last Saturday, December 2. The festive celebration took place at the 9-1-1 Braxton County Emergency Services building from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
Different stations were set up at the building that allowed the youth to decorate Christmas ornaments to be placed on the community Christmas tree.
Special music, light refreshments, hot chocolate bar, apple cider, coffee, and Grinch Punch (donated by various vendors) were also be available.
Christmas Carols by the Shaver Sisters and the Gassaway United Methodist Church Choir entertained the large crowd in attendance.
Emergency Services Director John Hoffman made opening remarks. Special guest visitors include Santa and Mrs. Claus. Mrs. Claus held a story time, featuring Twas The Night Before Christmas.
At the conclusion of the evening the giant pine tree near the entrance to the 9-1-1 Complex was officially turned into a Christmas Tree when it was turned on by Santa and Mrs. Clause featuring brightly colored lights and a host of ornaments handmade by local youth.
Also, the staff at Braxton Control and the Ambulance Service will join with the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department and local fire departments in collecting coats, hats, gloves and scarves, all this month. Those items will be distributed locally to those in need. Questions pertaining to donated items may be directed to: OES/ E-911 Director John Hoffman at 304-765-3320 or Melinda Randall at 304-765-5361. See additional photographic coverage on Page 9 of this issue.