DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Well, as the holiday season continues so to do the festivities across the Wiregrass.
On Saturday, the Saddle Up Santa event was held at the Houston County Farm Center to raise money for Wiregrass 2-1-1, a local non-profit aimed at keeping the Wiregrass informed.
The event raised money through donations, silent auctions, cake auctions, and raffles.
The event also featured pictures with Santa, inflatables, food vendors, and even a helicopter flyover from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office!
The coordinator and director of the event talked about how attendance has been on the rise for many years, despite COVID restrictions last year.
“Last year I can tell you we had 887 kids,” Event Coordinator and Director of Saddle Up Santa, Dawn Greathouse said. “We did the drive-through event due to COVID last year. We usually increase by about 400 kids a year, so on average, we think we average about 1,600 to 2,000.”
Saddle Up Santa made an estimated $1,500-$2,000 for Wiregrass 2-1-1.
In addition to all the fun at the event, there were also multiple Wiregrass organizations in attendance, such as the League of Women Voters, The 334 Project, and an APH and Houston County mobile vaccination unit.
The mobile unit offered families in attendance COVID-19 booster shots, as well as information about the vaccinations.
The southeastern district public health administrator said it was a productive day in both vaccinating, and informing the public.
“We have spoken to several people who are thinking about getting the vaccine, and we were able to give them some information, answer some questions, which is always good,” Southeastern District Public Health Administrator, Corey Kirkland said. “We always look for an opportunity to do that.”