Santa and several of his elves paid a visit to North Platte Community College Tuesday evening to help kick off the Christmas season at the college's annual "Santa's Workshop" event.
During the evening, kids of all ages and plenty of volunteers joined in craft making, cookie decorating, puppet shows, and lots of other holiday activities.
"We really had a good turnout this year," said Josh York, NPCC Assistant Director of Student Housing. "About 175 people attended and we collected nearly 200 non-perishable items to donate to local food banks."
This was York's first year coordinating the event, which "made it fun for me and also for the helpers." He was quick to give credit to the NPCC Lady Knights softball team and coach Janelle Higgins, Erica Lieber, Jessica Hinrichs, and many student and staff volunteers for their help with the workshop.
The evening included two puppet shows presented by members of the softball team using puppets created by NPCC employee Nancy Eisele.
"The puppet shows were a huge success!" York said, adding, "I think a lot of the families that came out were looking forward mostly to the puppet shows, but they ended up having a great time with all the activities and left the college with smiles on their faces. I'm definitely looking forward to doing this again next year and continuing our success with Santa's Workshop."