Santa's Magic Forest returns in December

Back by popular demand, Santa’s Magic Forest – Downriver’s finest holiday display – will be open to visitors to the Heritage Park Activity Building, 12111 Pardee Road. Bring the entire family to visit Santa Claus while walking through a magical winter wonderland of animated characters and beautiful holiday light displays.

All proceeds benefit Fish & Loaves, a nonprofit organization that is operating the Magic Forest as a fund-raiser to support its continued good work to provide food and nourishment to those in need in Taylor and surrounding communities.

Santa’s Magic Forest will be open to the public every weekend in December. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays, 1 to 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays.

Admission is $3 or $2 for seniors and children 10 and under. Be sure to get a photo with Santa by Rosecrans Picture Perfect Photography for only $5 each.

About Fish & Loaves:

The  return of Santa’s Magic Forest is a fund-raising effort of a coalition of committed Taylor churches that are partnering to make sure that no one goes hungry in Taylor and surrounding cities.

The funds will support the group’s efforts to provide a food pantry – known as Fish & Loaves – that will open its doors this coming year in Taylor. The pantry is a collaboration with Gleaners Community Food Bank to help area families in need.

Fish & Loaves will provide the most nutritious food available while minimizing waste and maximizing client respect and dignity.

The new pantry will be located on Northline Road, just east of Beech Daly in Taylor. Corporate and foundation donors are currently being solicited to help cover the new pantry’s set-up costs.

Meanwhile, area churches are being asked to assist by making both financial and in-kind pledges to support daily operations. Area businesses and civic organizations are also invited to support the new food pantry with monetary pledges, food donations and volunteered time.

Fish & Loaves has been providing food assistance to families for the past two years, sponsoring both “Operation Christmas Basket” and “Back to School Day” as annual events. Two thousand Taylor families have already been helped.

Hosted in conjunction with the City of Taylor’s Community Development Department and Taylor Connection, coordinated by Susan Miller Anderson and Jeffery Durr, the next Operation Christmas Basket will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, December 12, at the Taylor Sportsplex, 13333 Telegraph Road.

If you would like more information, contact Fish & Loaves Board President Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas at (313) 291-1221.