On Saturday, Dec. 1, West Hennepin Public Safety Officers and Reserves hosted their 32nd annual View Santa program. They escorted Santa on a nine-mile route through Independence and Maple Plain, passing out candy and collecting food and money donations for the Maple Plain Area Food Shelf.
Santa stopped at both the Maple Plain and Independence City Halls for pictures and to find out what special gift everyone wanted. Santa also made a stop at the Bryant House and Haven Homes.
WHPS Officers and Reserves would like to thank Independence and Maple Plain residents for making this another successful year. The community, with their charitable support, donated over 1,025 pounds of food.
WHPS Reserves acknowledge the Bank of Maple Plain and the Maple Plain Fire Department for helping advertise View Santa on their signs, and Otten Brothers for donating the use of the Christmas Trees for the float. And of course, WHPS would also like to thank Santa for taking the time out of his busy schedule to visit our community.
The Maple Plain Food Shelf is located in the basement of the Maple Plain Community Church and is open Monday and Friday from noon to 2 p.m. and Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.