Businesses bring children, parents, Santa together

Snacks with Santa: it's free
Nov. 28, 2012 @ 03:29 PM

Holiday traditions are often taxing, especially when parents attempt to capture the magic of Santa Claus each Christmas.
Smart Start of Davidson County will assist parents in their quest from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Davidson County Fairgrounds.  "Snacks with Santa," the eighth annual event, offers the opportunity for children to have free pictures taken with the large bearded man. Kids also may enjoy arts, crafts, games and activities.
"The main reason we do this event is to have businesses in Davidson County engage with the youngest members of the county," said Erin Beck, community outreach coordinator for Smart Start of Davidson County. "It's a resource fair for parents, but while the parents are talking, there are booths set up for the children to have crafts and games."
Help to garner resources for families and children countywide is offered by a cast of local organizations, including Thomasville Pediatrics. Anita Hearst, a nurse at Thomasville Pediatrics, is in her third year of participation with Snacks with Santa, which drew more than 3,000 in attendance last December.
She believes the reason for the program's success can be linked to the many businesses that prepare to present information for the welfare of children in Davidson County.
"We try to educate the community about what is available in the way of parenting and childcare in the community," said Hearst. "By getting the word out, we provide different avenues for parents who might be new to the area or not have childcare afforded to them."
Admission is free, but monetary donations will benefit Smart Start of Davidson County. The Davidson County Fairgrounds are located at 400 Greensboro St. Ext. in Lexington.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3575, or