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Franklins Christmas Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 7

Santa’s sleigh prepared for toy donations for children 
Amy Latham is thinking positive, holiday thoughts today—on Santa’s sleigh there is no room for negativity—the happiness of children is at stake.
The co-chair of Franklin’s Annual Christmas Parade is making last minute preparations for the extravaganza set to begin Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m..
Pack your scarves and gloves and shop for a gift for a youngster that you can personally add to Santa’s sleigh and head to Downtown Franklin.
“We have upwards of 80 floats this year. It’s a mix of businesses, non-profits and five bands. There are about 1,750 people involved,” said Latham, assistant vice-president of Region’s Bank and president of the Kiwanis Foundation of Franklin.
Rhori Johnston of News Channel-5 is set to be the Grand Marshall and special guest Mrs. Tennessee, Stephanie Webb, of Brentwood, will ride in the parade.
Kiwanis of Franklin, along with help from members of Kiwanis of Cool Springs, makes this Franklin tradition a reality.
High schools throughout the Williamson County have been recipients of scholarship funds given by the Kiwanis clubs, Latham said.
A longtime member, who began her volunteer work with the Spring Hill club, Latham noted that this civic club has a growing membership and meets in downtown Franklin every Monday at noon at Puckett’s Boathouse Restaurant in their private dining room.
As far as hints of bad weather upsetting the festivities tomorrow Latham said she is optimistic, but has a plan in place just in case.
“We have a list of participants and area media that we will be notifying should the weather change,” Latham said.
However, the opportunity to serve a need not only of community tradition but also assisting youngsters in need with a joy-filled Christmas gesture is what Latham said she is concentrating on today.
“We wanted to make it more than a parade. The goal of the Kiwanis Club is to help children of the community,” she added. 
“At the end of the parade there will be Graceworks trucks dressed as Santa’s sleigh that will be receiving toys brought for the children.” 

Posted on: 12/6/2013


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