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Santa rides on a Greensville VFD truck during the 2018 Jaycees Christmas Parade.

The Jaycees Christmas Parade on Dec. 6 will sponsor the organization’s Christmas families while bringing joy to Emporia citizens.

Mark Mitchell, a member of the Emporia Jaycee Foundation, said the parade is free to participate in for nonprofit organizations, but businesses wanting to advertise in the parade can submit a $25 donation. The money collected from participating businesses will go towards the Jaycee Foundation’s adopted Christmas families. The foundation also collects money through Christmas tree sales. 

“We adopt five families from social services or churches that know needy families. We get a list of all the kids and what their wants and needs are and we spend about $4,000 to $5,000 on those families,” Mitchell said.

Santa Claus will once again be on the last fire truck and will be dropped off at the Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center.

“We drop Santa Claus off at the hospital and the hospital always provides a place for him to sit and see the kids,” Mitchell said.

The Greensville County High School G-Force Band always attends the event. Brunswick County and Southampton County high school bands sometimes attend the parade as well. 

“It’s going to be at night, so a lot of the churches and businesses light up their floats and play Christmas music. It’s just a nice event to come out and see,” Mitchell siad. 

The parade usually collects 15 to 25 entries. The Emporia Jaycee Foundation took the parade over from the Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce. Most people wanting to participate in the parade turn in applications the week of Nov. 24. 

The Emporia-Greensville Chamber of Commerce handles the applications. Applications can be found on the Chamber’s website or in the Chamber of Commerce’s office. Their office is located at 400 Halifax St., Emporia.

The Jaycees Christmas Parade will take place at 7 p.m. The parade will start at Laurel Street by the high school. It will travel to Weaver Avenue, by the Family YMCA of Emporia-Greensville.