Santa's Chinatown Visit

by Wayne Fong

On Thursday December 18th, Wa Sung Santas and their elves came to visit the children of Oakland. Giving away toys and sweets to close to 700 children at Lincoln and Cleveland Elementary schools, Yuk Yau, Yuk Yau Annex and Methodist Church Preschools.

At 9 AM in the morning Santa Richard Fong and his elves Adrienne Fong, Barbara & Ron Hing , Cimberly Eng-Tamara, Wilma Yee, Kathy Jeong, Karen Dea, Sandra Wong, Nora Yee, Nancy Tsui, Clifton & Marion Fong, Cyndee Lim, Rebecca Wong and Cheryl Yukumoto visited with the children of Lincoln Elementary School and were greeted with Christmas Carols and smiles. TV 26 had a camera crew and we made the News!!! They interviewed Santa Richard with and without his beard on and showed his elves giving out the stuffed animals, Speed wheel cars, oranges, candy canes and Pencils engraved with the Wa Sung name on them.

After the Lincoln School visit, Santa Wayne Fong took elves: Clifton and Marion Fong, Karen Dea, Kathy Jeong, Wilma Yee and Cheryl Yukumoto to spread Christmas joy to the little preschoolers at the Yak Yau Annex.

Richard and the rest of the elves continued on their quest to bring smiles to the children at Yak Yau and Methodist Church preschoolers.

All in a good mornings work, we brought the Christmas spirit to 500 kids. We all took a break at Joy Luck restaurant to give us enough energy for the afternoon. Yes, the rumors are true, Santa Wayne did wear his Santa pants and boots at lunch. And yes, even in chinatown people do stare at you for wearing funny pants.

To round out our day we finished up at Cleveland Elementary school with toys and things for another 200 children.

We would like to thank Doris Lum for her donation of 100 Beanie Babies for our Santa Toy give away. Also, Pacific Rim Produce for their donation of 6 cases of oranges.

Thanks to all of our Santas and elves for another job well done. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Santa Claus Comes to Allendale School

by Gloria Gee

As a new member of the Wa Sung Community Service Club, I wa impressed with the "giving spirit" and enthusiastic participation of its members. On Thursday, December 18, 2008, Santa Claus and his Elves delivered 400 wrapped gifts and pencils to the pre-school, kindergarten and grades 1 - 3 children at Allendale School in Oakland's Fruitvale district.

The Children were delighted with their gifts as well as sitting on Santa's lap.(alias-Arnold Mew) Arnonl was the perfect image of Santa with his smiling face, rosy cheeks, wire rimmed glasses and his twinkling eyes. Of course his Santa outfit fitted him perfectly!

Santa's elves were Rena Chin, Diane Ross, and G loria G ee. Pictures were taken by Rena Chin and Genie Young.

Much preparation and thanks go to the family of G arrienne Nakano and G enie Young with the extra help of Diane Ross who donated much of the Christmas wrap to Wa Sung. This group wrapped all the gifts. Since there were some gifts left over, Santa delivered them to past President Audrie Huie to be distributed to the children of Episcopal Church of our Savior. Hope to see more members come and volunteer next year.