It was a short drive for many families Saturday, Dec. 12, to the Backus American Legion Auxiliary’s “North Pole” where children were treated to Christmas gift bags handed out by Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at a drive-thru event.

A substitute for the auxiliary’s usual indoor Kids’ Christmas Party due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, the drive-thru was a big hit with vehicles lined up well in advance of the 11 a.m. start time. The children received $10 Dollar Store gift certificates donated by the Legion post, a variety of candy and snacks, games, toys, a craft project, pencils and a jingle bell necklace.

The kids also got to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, relating their Christmas wishes that included a “Pop the Pig” game, a doctor medical set, unicorn and T-Rex dinosaur.

The gifts were donated by the auxiliary, local citizens and the Legion post, which provided $1,000 for 100 $10 certificates from its charitable gaming partnership, which includes the Legion and its gaming affiliate, Willard’s Saloon and Eatery in downtown Backus.

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