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After several rounds of Christmas carols, families staying at The Village at Cataumet welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus on the afternoon of December 23.

The Village at Cataumet is one of three shelters for homeless families that are run by Housing Assistance Corporation.  Each child staying at the shelter got a turn on Santa’s knee and received a gift from under the tree.

Yvonne Rivers, a case manager at the Village at Cataumet, said the day every year when Santa visits the shelter is always a festive one. “At the end of the day, they’re happy and that makes us happy because some of them might not have a Christmas. We try to make sure everyone has enough.”

Paula Mallard, director of the Village at Cataumet, said she is grateful for the generosity of all the donors of gifts, which come from, among other sources, the annual basket party, the staff at Deep Sea Systems in Cataumet, Plainville Christian Church in New Bedford, and from her church, the Swift Memorial United Methodist Church in Sagamore Beach.

“It’s really incredible how generous people are this time of year, For a lot of kids, this is the only time they get to see Santa for the season,” she said. “For some of these kids, it’s the best Christmas they’ll ever have.”