New Organizers of 35-Year-Old Parade Need Donors, Volunteers
Present Collection Along Parade Route for Foster Children Also Planned
Here’s the 2019 Magical Holiday Parade route!
The organizers of a 35-year-old Christmas Eve caroling tradition are calling on community members to “save Christmas” by volunteering and donating to the Magical Holiday Parade.
Since 1984, a caroling truck garnished with lights and ornaments has traveled the streets of Burbank, North Hollywood, and Toluca Lake on Christmas Eve, much to the delight of families eating dinner with their loved ones. The 42-foot-long flatbed truck, which holds approximately 50 carolers, is followed by smaller parade vehicles, dancers and elves, as well as Frosty, Mrs. Claus and Santa.
Sadly, this year’s parade might be the last if the organizers cannot raise funds and encourage volunteers to join the production.
“We raised $16,482 to support last year’s parade,” said Angela Niemeyer, the parade’s treasurer. “Maintaining the truck and producing the event costs three times that amount.”
This year, the Magical Holiday Parade, a non-profit public charity, has raised $4,619 through its GoFundMe account. In addition to funding, the organization needs volunteers in the form of carolers, dancers, elves and helpers handing out candy canes.
The event’s organizers, in collaboration with Penny Lane Centers, also hope to collect small, unwrapped gifts on the route. Gifts will then be delivered to Penny Lane’s foster children, ages 6 to 18.
“I was in foster care,” said Niemeyer, who was adopted at 16 after spending years in foster and group homes. “Christmas Eve was one of the loneliest days of the year because everyone else was with their family.”
Organizers are inviting parade attendees to give donations—new toys, winter jackets and scarves, movie tickets, hygiene essentials, and gift cards to food or clothing stores—to Santa’s elves. Gifts will be delivered to Penny Lane Centers North Hollywood.
“But first, we need to save Christmas by raising money and finding volunteers,” said Niemeyer.
For more information about the Magical Holiday Parade, including links to donate and volunteer, visit www.magicalholidayparade.org.
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