Santa Claus makes a visit to kids in July

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COLUMBIA - The Voluntary Action Center will host Christmas in July for low-income families on Thursday.

Families will have the opportunity to enjoy a picnic meal and for children to visit with Santa who will have gifts for them.

The tradition of hosting a Christmas in July started in 1992.

The event begins at 5:30 and runs till 7:00 p.m. at the Missouri United Methodist Church on 204 South Ninth Street.

Raffle tickets are being sold to support the fundraiser.  The ticket donation is $10 per ticket and $75 for ten tickets.  Raffle tickets will be accepted till Tuesday, July 15, with the drawing to follow. For more information on raffle tickets you can call the VAC office at 573-874-2273.