On the surface, she bears absolutely no resemblance to Santa Claus. But if you ask kids all over Fairfield and Benton, they probably can’t tell the difference. By day, Amanda Soule is the assistant town treasurer and human resource director for the town of Fairfield. But for the past decade, she’s run the town’s christmas program, making sure kids in need in the area have presents to open up on Christmas morning.
The Christmas program originated at the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry before moving to the basement of the town office. Each child from a qualifying family gets an outfit and a new toy to put under the tree.
The program, which has helped bring Christmas to as many as 170 kids in one season, has become a team effort as other town employees take their turn coming downstairs to the basement of the town office to help wrap gifts.
“It sort of brings the Christmas spirit here for us too,” Soule said. “It’s a wonderful feeling. It’s nice to sit around my tree on Christmas with my children and know that at this point, we’ve helped 64 children that may not otherwise have a Christmas.”
To donate new toys, new clothing or money to the program, or to apply for the program, call the Fairfield Town Office at 453-7911.
Only Fairfield and Benton residents who meet certain income requirements qualify.