Santa Clause surprised girls and boys throughout the Morgan Valley on Christmas with many wonderful gifts. However, roughly 35 special individuals didnt need to wait until Dec. 25 for a gift from the Jolly Old Fellow. Nancy Ovard is a ward representative for the Special Needs LDS Institute and loved watching as the participants of the Special Needs Institute Nativity received beautiful handmade nativity scenes from Santa Claus. Nancys husband, Kevin, is an expert wood craftsman and estimates that it would have taken Santas helpers over 30 hours to make these beautiful wooden nativities. These were made so the people remember the real meaning of Christmas is the birth of the Savior,Û Kevin stated. Kevin has studied Santa Claus for nearly 20 years and has observed as Santa has visited homes, parties and events. Its been fun, I enjoy doing it!Û Kevin said of participating in holiday fun. He has heard all sorts of Christmas requests but some of his favorite came from the Liberty Park Ward, an LDS Ward in Ogden where Morgan couples often go for service missions. In this area where children dont have a lot, they ask for things like boots or a gift for a family member instead of expensive items. This Christmas time helper also has enjoyed numerous impromptu visits at families houses where he wasnt expected, delighting children and surprising adults. During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, he has also enjoyed taking a moment to visit those who may need an extra touch of magic during the season. He related laying on the floor with a sick Morgan native, Casey Wheeler. Casey was in a fierce battle against cancer and celebrating the season with his young children when Santa made a visit. While Casey passed from this life, his memory lives strong in many throughout the valley and farther, especially Ol St. Nick, who gratefully remembers those special moments. Rich or poor, healthy or not, Santa Claus has brought happiness to children and adults throughout our Morgan Valley.
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