By Barry Warner
“Tis the holiday season and on Sunday, December 11th, 2016 Santa Claus swooped down by helicopter to the party held at the Elks Club in Haverstraw sponsored by the Rockland County Shields Organization. All of the elements of a fun party were there including presents, food, a clown making balloon sculptures and a face painter.
President of the Rockland County Shields Mark Murphy told the Rockland County Times, “The organization is dedicated to providing a fraternal and social group for all active and retired federal, state city or local police officers, who either worked or lived in Rockland County. The Shields have maintained this objective over the last 50 years and today have over 1,300 members. Several fund raising events are held to award scholarships to our children plus additional monies are presented to good-will organizations in the county, such as United Hospice, Penguin Plunge, Stony Point Seals and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
‘Sassy the clown’ provided by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), entertained the children with balloon sculptures that came in a variety of colors and were twisted into a variety of shapes including swords, hats and flowers.
RSVP volunteer ‘Frizzie the Face Painter’ was completely focused on each child as she painted a range of creative designs that included hearts, stars, flowers, rainbows and masks. The water-based hypoallergenic paint was a safe, non-toxic pigment that could be washed off with soap and water.
According to the website www.wikihow.com , any person could portray Santa Claus by following these steps:
. Obtain a red Santa hat, red jacket with fur, huge black belt, red pants with fur on the bottom, a pair of big black boots plus a long white beard.
. Get the Santa attitude by smiling, laughing and developing a great Ho-Ho-Ho!
. When the kids are sitting on your lap, give them a high-five and ask them what gift they would like to receive.
. Bring a big red sack and fill it with candy canes to give to each child.
For additional information go to www.rocklandcountyshields.org