The Fraternal Order of Eagles Montgomery Aerie #1040 held its annual community Children’s Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a drive-through was held on the Valley PK-8 School parking lot. The party has been an Eagles’ annual Christmas event serving the community for over 50 years,

Children with parents and/or family from the community participated in vehicles in single file. Santa was there to say “hello” to the children.

Upon arrival each child received a ticket for a girl or a boy for a chance to win a bicycle.

Arriving at the canopy where members of the Eagles were ready to distribute wrapped gifts for six age/gender groups (babies through 12 years of age), presents were given to 282 children. A fruit/snack bag prepared by the fraternal order was also given to each child.

The event was graciously attended by Mayor Anne Cavalier of Smithers and by Mayor Greg Ingram of Montgomery.

At the conclusion of the event, tickets with names and phone numbers were pulled to determine winners of the bicycles. Each of five lucky girls and five lucky boys claimed a bicycle at the Aerie building in Montgomery. Winners were: Kaylee Lusher, Dallas Jones, Haddien Pilbeam, Nevaeh Murry, Ava Ward, Tyler Hudnall, Greyson Cottrell, Dawson Chaney, Micharl Fleming and Brantley (no other name given).

The Eagles would like to thank Fayette County Schools and Principal Lee Loy for the use of the facility for the event. Appreciation is also extended to Kroger of Kanawha City; to Santa; to the cities of Montgomery and Smithers for their support; and to those individuals who were most generous with monetary donations, their time and/or who helped out in various ways to make this annual event very successful.

The motto for the Fraternal Order of Eagles is “People Helping People,” Members wish to extend best wishes to the community for a Merry Christmas and a Better New Year. Stay safe!

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