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Santa Claus visits Mount Uniacke as thousands of dollars are raised for those in need

Alexis Clarke, 4 and Olivia Clarke, 9 months, pose for a photo with Santa Claus during the annual Uniacke Wish Givers auction at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 in Mount Uniacke.
Alexis Clarke, 4 and Olivia Clarke, 9 months, pose for a photo with Santa Claus during the annual Uniacke Wish Givers auction at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 in Mount Uniacke. - Colin Chisholm

Mount Uniacke, N.S. – Hundreds of people packed the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 in Mount Uniacke for the annual Uniacke Wish Givers charity auction.

Santa Claus was also on scene, asking children what they wanted for Christmas.

Londynn Dominix-Pottie, 4, said she was excited to meet Santa Claus, telling him she wanted a pogo stick.

Dominix-Pottie’s aunt Tracy Dominix who lives in the Mount Uniacke area, said this was their first time attending the event.

“It’s a great sign of community support, everybody comes together just wanting to help those who need a little extra,” Dominix said. “We thought it would be good for Londynn to come here and help support other kids.”

Craig MacLean, chairperson of the Uniacke Wish Givers, says the community charity has been active for 23 years.

“All monies raised stay in the community, we use it for individuals who come across unfortunate times,” MacLean said. “We help out the school, anybody who has medical issues and for emergency need.”

It’s a two-day event, with a turkey dinner, wine and cheese, ticket auction and live auction on Nov. 18, and a family ticket auction and live auction with Santa Claus on Nov. 19.

Since it began the Uniacke Wish Givers have raised over $300,000. He said they expect to raise approximately $30,000 this year.

“It’s seems to be getting busier and busier, with last night being the busiest adult night yet,” he said. “There’s a lot of new community members we’re seeing here, it’s great to see this level of support.”

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