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Head Elf Colleen Benoit took the reins to coordinate a one-morning shopping trip for toys. She also organized toy sorting at the Lodge by gender and age. “It was different this year,” she said. “We didn’t want children to get the same toy they had last year, so fellow elf Mary Lou Kennedy suggested we allow each child to choose one of three gifts. That required adding a few more helper elves, but the children seemed to love having a choice. And it’s always fun to see happy kids.” Others helped coordinate cookie decorating stations, craft and puzzle tables, and large game set-ups, as well as serving hot chocolate and a chili dog lunch. In addition, babysitter “guides” escorted children whose parents n eded to leave for a couple of hours to Christmas shop. Mark Norman, one of Tripp’s best friends, did his part by donning Tripp’s plush Santa suit. Many agreed Tripp left a big suit to fill, literally, saying he was a BIG guy. Winter Texan Mary Lou Kennedy did her best to take up the slack with hundreds of stitches. That helped take care of the resizing issue. But Mark doubted anyone could match Tripp’s Christmas spirit. The new red-suited gentleman said he did his best. “I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky guy,” Mark said. “I tried to make sure the kids’ expectations were fulfilled. That’s the thrill of it all for me.” According to Mark, the key to being Santa is … “You walk in with a smile and just be a cheerful ole’ fat man.” And he added that he hopes he helped to play a part in fulfilling his friend Tripp’s dream on Saturday. Reflecting on the morning, Mark said, “Most of the children wanted their pictures taken with me. A lot of the younger ones were wanting hugs. I thought it went very, very well.” Milly believes that this year’s event was exactly what Tripp was hoping for… happy and smiling children, a very successful program TRIPP’S From pg. 1 Winter Texan Brinda Peterson helps a young girl slip the toy she chose into her bag during the Dec. 17 “Tripp’s Village Christmas” celebration for disadvantaged children. Approximately 200 children received toys from this group effort by members of the McAllen Elks Lodge and two Alamo Winter Texan RV parks.