SHAMOKIN - On Monday, the Coal Township and Shamokin police departments held their sixth annual Christmas party, when Santa and Mrs. Claus gave presents to more than 40 area children.

The event was organized by township Patrolman Terry Ketchem and city Cpl. Jarrod Scandle and was held at Independence Fire Company.

The party has grown significantly over six years, and organizers credit sponsors, supporters and volunteers with its success.

Contributing organizations, businesses and individuals are: Coal Township Chief of Police William Carpenter and Deputy Chief Christopher Williams, Shamokin Chief of Police Ed Griffiths, officers of Coal Township Police Department, Coal Township desk clerk Molly Engle, Coal Township commissioners, Coal Township manager Robert Slaby, Coal Township code officer Chris Petrovich, Independence Fire Association, West End Fire Company, East End Fire Company, Rescue Fire Company, Fairview Gun Club, Joshua V. Bressi Photography, Scotch Valley Boys Hunting Cabin, Weis Markets, American Legion Post 73, Shamokin Area School District Education Association, Northumberland County Career and Technology Center, Saint Francis Home Association, local Cub Scouts, Rite Aid, Catawissa ABATE, Villans Motorcycle Club, Domino's Pizza, Joann Dobeck, Sue Burns, Shamokin Honor Society, Rick Dunn, Josh and Amber Bressi, Margaret Heim, Lanza and Dawson Williams, Jim and Carol Scandle, Esther Shinskie, Dane Bamford, Kay Griffiths, Kiera Griffiths, Nastissja and Krystof Lapotsky, Ann and Christina Jones, Darlene and Madalynn Scandle, Dave and Patrice Molesewicz, David Molesewicz, Abbie Thew, Daizy Barrett, Jordan Carpenter, Jeff Kehler, Jeff Thew, Jill Thew, Josephine Baranoski, Stephen Miller, Robert and Becky Broscious, Joe, Darlene and Estella Bressi, and Kennedy, Jared and Ashley Petrovich.