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Santa delivers for letter-writers

first_imgWHITTIER – Santa came to town a little early for more than 400 children, and he was bearing gifts they had requested in letters written to the jolly old elf.The “Letters to Santa” program both promotes literacy and letter-writing skills and gives gifts to kids on Christmas.“What’s really sad is they are asking for blankets, food and sometimes they don’t even ask for toys,” said Martha Carreon, program coordinator and a 20-year veteran volunteer with the nonprofit Eastern Group Foundation, a Los Angeles-based group which grants yuletide wishes.This year one child made a difficult request. He wanted “to keep his family together.” Carreon didn’t know of any store that sold that type of present, but she did what she could to make sure the child at least got a gift from Santa.The group is helped significantly by Rio Hondo College students, who pore over the letters to St. Nick, catalog requests and make a list – before checking it twice.Then they start shopping based on the children’s requests.At the giveaway event Saturday, Santa gave each child who wrote a letter the gift they requested – or at least as close as possible.As in many years past, Santa was played by Perry Sites, professor of theater arts at Rio Hondo. “He really does look and sound just like Santa. The kids love him,” Carreon said.This year’s event was at Preferred Plush, another long-term donor, and co-sponsored by W Radio 690.“It’s not only the toys, it’s the attention the children and families enjoy too,” said Jonathan Sanchez, president of the Eastern Group [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fans cannot watch England’s first post-World Cup fixture on TV for free

first_img Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Gareth Southgate led England to their first World Cup semi-final since 1990 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update This is a real blow to viewers, who are being denied the opportunity to watch an entire senior international tournament for free for the first time ever.England’s first post-World Cup fixture might not be on terrestrial TV, but you CAN listen to full commentary of the clash against Spain LIVE on talkSPORT on Saturday, September 8. The match against England will be Luis Enrique’s first as Spain manager whoops Sky Sports won the rights to show the entire Nations League, including all of England’s matches and the first two editions of the Final Four, which are scheduled for June 2019 and June 2021.ITV retain the rights for England’s World Cup and European Championship qualifiers until 2022, but they are only allowed to show highlights on the Nations League. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted gameday cracker BEST OF Getty Images Top stories in football The competition has been introduced to largely replace friendly matches, and it gets under way next month with the winner being decided in June 2019.England and Spain are both in the highest division of the competition, League A, and they are joined in Group 4 by the team that knocked Southgate’s side out the World Cup – Croatia.The competition promises to be rather intriguing as it pits top teams against each other in a competitive environment, and England fans have been expected to tune in to see how the Three Lions fare after such an exciting summer.However, millions will not be able to watch England’s first post-World Cup fixture as it is not being broadcast on terrestrial television.center_img How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings 2 All eyes are expected to be glued to England’s first post-World Cup fixture as Gareth Southgate’s side look to build on the optimism generated by their successful run at the World Cup.The Three Lions face Spain at the start of a new competition cycle, with Wembley hosting the first match in Group 4 of the newly created UEFA Nations League. SORRY Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion smart causal silverware revealed Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? latest Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 2 REVEALED last_img read more