The American Legion Post 265 Auxiliary will host the fifth annual Christmas in August on Aug. 20.
The event is the start of the collection of coats for kids and adults. They accept gently used coats that are in good shape. It is also the beginning of the toy collection for children in the community to donate to other organizations to help out the local toy drive.
“I think this is a great event for the entire community, that shares the magic of Christmas before Christmas, and gives back to our community,” said Kristin Haynes-Fisher, Wauseon American Legion Auxiliary president.
There are two separate parties this day, one for kids and one for adults. The kids party is from 12-3 p.m.
The K-9 unit will come, as well as a fire safety trailer and Henry County Humane Society. There will be cookie decorating, stocking making, Santa will be there and the kids can write their own letter to him as well. They are also offering free food for the children.
At night the adult entertainment starts at 6 p.m. with DJ Strongarm and Manny’s Tacos serving food. The community provides many donations for door prizes. They will have 50/50 raffles and a larger drawing as well. Tickets are available for $5 or you get 5 for $20. The prizes are $10,000, $6,000, $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000.
“All year our establishment gives back to our community in one way or another, whether it is with donations, helping hands, support, and lots more,” said Hayes-Fisher. “Christmas in August is our biggest fundraiser to support our veterans, and community.”
This year the charities that benefit will be the Wauseon athletic department, Fulton County Special Olympics, and the Toledo VA clinic.