Once again, the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce has successfully produced a community event that benefited nonprofit organizations and children alike. Santa arrived on a sunny, cold and breezy day, which brought out the crowds, young and old. The petting zoo arrived with a pig, goat, chickens, bunnies and other critters for the enjoyment of the children, and the horse and buggy rides left curbside with full wagons.

This event would not happen without the help of our volunteers. Andy Aziz of Payzone never thought he would have the opportunity to play Santa Claus, and the elves, Hannah Clarke, Cara Byrnes, Mollie Feeley and Fiona McElroy, were right there to help him. What would the chamber have done without Rose Corr (the real estate guru at the law office of David H. Dworski), brewing up the hot cider and making sure it was there on time? We are thankful for the Passios family (Lee, John, Taylor and Matt), who helped lend a "warm" hand, plus the always present Greg Beno of Adecco, and Beth Carter of Carter Consultants. People's United Bank had its crew on hand to sell and collect tickets for the horse and buggy rides.

A special thanks to our wonderful Fire and Police departments, who are always at the ready to help the chamber with our projects. And to our other sponsors, Fairfield County Bank, Bigelow Tea, Patriot National Bank, Splash Car Wash and Super Duper Weenie.

Kudos to the more than 30 organizations that participated in this event. They all gave of their time so that the attending public could be aware of their ongoing efforts, spread a little holiday cheer and help you get a jump on gifts for that "special someone." I would be remiss if I forgot to thank them, along with our event co-chairs from the chamber office, Linda Matthews and Anna Accetta.

Merry Christmas to all of you. May you continue to carry the spirit of the holidays throughout the new year.

Patricia L. Ritchie

President

Fairfield Chamber of Commerce