The Christmas cheer was inescapable at Vibrant Church on Dec. 1 for the annual Jay’s Christmas Party. Laughter filled the room as kids with painted faces ran through the crowds, sat on Santa’s lap to tell him their Christmas wishes, and watched a special performance of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

Vibrant Church in South Burlington gan hosting the party seven years ago, and the number of attendees has since tripled, with the church welcoming 750 kids and their parents to this year’s event, said event coordinator Robin Danaher. Preparation is a weeklong endeavor, with all 120 volunteers helping with everything from stacking chairs to arranging backdrops, Danaher said.

The event is a nod to Danaher’s mother, Jay, who worked for the Pomerleau family for 40 years before she passed away. In light of Jay’s love of kids and Christmas, family patriarch Tony Pomerleau and Danaher felt that throwing a Christmas party for kids would be a fitting way to honor her mother’s memory, she said. The party is funded by the Pomerleau foundation.

“Our mission and our goal is to reach to our community, and we felt that the best way to do that was to bring kids into our church, to just love them to life,” Danaher said.

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