Gladstone mayor ready to switch on Christmas lights

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The holiday season will begin in Gladstone on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at Linden Square. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m.

The grand Christmas tree at Linden Square is on its pedestal at 602 NE 70th St. The official Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26.

There will be a visit from Santa and seasonal music by the choirs from Antioch Middle and Oakwood Manor Elementary schools.

Mayor Carol Suter will be joined by other members of the Gladstone City Council as well as staff from the Gladstone Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts. The community is invited to watch the mayor turn on the lights on not only the tree, but Linden Square.

Proceeds collected during the Gladstone Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, an annual campaign, goes to Feed Northland Kids, Northland Christmas Store and Northland Shepherd’s Center. Feed Northland Kids, an organization in partnership with Harvesters — The Community Food Network, provides Northland kids with backpacks of food to address weekend nutrition and hunger by providing healthy foods and snacks for children.

Northland Christmas Store provide aid at Christmas time to needy people and families of Clay County. Their goal is to see that each deserving person or family has ample food and each child has gifts.

Northland Shepherd’s Center is an organization serving those 60 and older in the Clay and southern Platte counties. They provide direct services and life enrichment opportunities that help other adults remain independent.

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