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Atlanta Library on special mission for Santa Claus

Making special clothes for Santa Claus at local library. PHOTOS BY JASMINE WILLIS

By Jasmine Willis

ATLANTA – The local library had a special mission given to them by Santa Claus himself direct from the North Pole.

Santa Claus visited E.J. Cottrell Library for a special task to sew him new clothes for the winter. Belinda Schuler, E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library director is a professional seamstress who has created her own clothes for We Wear History.

“Santa came to us with a special job. He wanted to know if we could sew him some new pants and shirts. He has come to our library so often to read to the children. He noticed I was a professional seamstress from when I was at the Olde Country Store. I would dress up for We Wear History,” Schuler said. “The worker elves are busy making toys. Mrs. Claus is busy caring for the reindeer. We are going to make him a shirt that is cooler so he can wear it inside. It gets hotter than Santa is used to when he is at the North Pole.”

Santa Claus said he had to come back to town early with Rudolph. However, it was too hot for our favorite red nose reindeer. He had to send him back to the North Pole with Mrs. Claus.

“I had to send Rudolph home early since it was too hot for him. I am stuck here for a few days. Mrs. Claus is in charge up there, so I got out of her way to get the work done,” he said. “I will hitch a ride with the truckers to get back home. Belinda is wonderful for doing this for me. I needed new clothes since Mrs. Claus has me on a keto diet.”

Belinda Schuler measures some fabric for Santa Claus. PHOTOS BY JASMINE WILLIS

Santa Claus remembers all of the children at E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library over the years. He has been blessed with reading stories to them and giving them Christmas wishes.

Schuler said the library first had Santa Claus come to town a few years back when he came to ask about books. Proving that reading is important at the North Pole too. After he admired the little local library, it became clear that he left some of the North Pole magic behind.

Santa Claus gave some behind the scenes wisdom as to what he plans for the next few months. His time down here is important to the world. He likes to bless the children at the Olde Country Store, Dinky Doo Petting Zoo, Shannon’s Barber Shop, and E.J. Cottrell Memorial Library. This time he wants to do a special visit for the children at Rochester General too.

“I enjoy the conversations I have with everyone. I had a lot of great ones with the people who had to spend Christmas in the hospital at Noyes. I want to go visit the children’s ward at Rochester General this time and spread some joy there this Christmas,” Santa Claus said.

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