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Wendell wows with Wonderland

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WENDELL — The town of Wendell celebrated the season with its annual Wendell Wonderland last Friday night.

The event featured musical acts and vendors in downtown Wendell. The town Christmas tree was lit up by Mayor Virginia Gray, and Santa Claus arrived just as the snow began to fall.

“Wendell is a beautiful town every day and especially at Christmas,” said Gray. “I was so excited to have an opportunity to show visitors what we have to offer here. I hope our citizens we’re proud of their town; I sure was.”

Visitors were indeed impressed by the snow falling as Santa arrived to visit with children in the gazebo. Lake Myra lights provided a spectacular show for guests as well.

Toys for Tots collection sites were scattered throughout the downtown area, with a Marine in dress blues at each location. Wendell residents were encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the collection.

According to the mayor, the Marines collected seven full boxes of toys and six bikes at the event. Visitors also made cash donations.

Wendell employees contributed to the cause with a cash donation from their craft booth. Town employees made crafts that were sold at the Wendell Employee booth, and 100 percent of those proceeds went to the Toys for Tots program.

“I’m particularly proud of that,” Gray said. “We have wonderful employees in Wendell.”