(Posted Nov. 28, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Tiphany Kennedy-Chaffin moved to South Solon 13 years ago. She raised her son there. She’s a member of the village council there. She loves living there. And this holiday season, she is giving back to her beloved community by throwing a Christmas party for children.
She’s calling the party “Christmas in the Village.” The event will take place 2-4 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Stokes Township Firehouse, 7105 E. Main St., South Solon.
Every child who visits the firehouse during the party will receive gifts and snacks and have an opportunity to visit with Santa. Picture This Photography will take photos of children with Santa for $5 each. Half of the cost will go back into the Christmas party fund for next year. The other half goes to cover photo supplies.
While the party is for all kids in the village, Kennedy-Chaffin has an especially soft heart for those whose families are going through tough times.
“We unfortunately have a few families in town who really struggle during the holidays, and the children do not always get any type of celebration. I want to bring smiles to their faces, if even just for a couple of hours,” she said.
Kennedy-Chaffin is especially thankful to the Stokes Township trustees and the fire department for jumping on board to help make the party a reality.
“They’re pulling the trucks out of the firehouse. We’re setting up tables. It’s going to be a big to-do,” she said. “I’m tickled to death. I’m so excited about this.”
Some of the toys for the gift giveaway came courtesy of a chili supper the firehouse hosted in late October. The cost for the supper was $6 or a donated toy. Kennedy-Chaffin also is thankful for the Madison-Plains and London students who have volunteered to help with set-up and hand out gifts.
The party is the second community-wide event Kennedy-Chaffin has organized this year. This summer, she coordinated a village-wide yard sale. She plans to make that and the Christmas party annual events. These efforts are part of her mission to rejuvenate the town.
“I believe South Solon has great potential and just needs a jumpstart to get back to what it once was,” she said.