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For three years now, Heald & Chiampa Funeral Home has helped kickoff the holiday season by welcoming a visit from Santa Claus to The Sumner House. Hundreds of area families have enjoyed this special holiday gathering and festive atmosphere on the grounds of the historic Sumner House adjacent to the town common in Shrewsbury center.
Bringing special holiday cheer to area children, Heald & Chiampa has arranged for Santa
Claus to pose for photos with all those who attend. Santa’s helpers say he is due to arrive around 1 p.m. on his big fancy red sleigh with lots of lights and sirens! Santa promises to meet all the good boys and girls and hear their Christmas wishes. Santa’s elves will be handing out coloring books to kids and serving hot chocolate, munchkins and much more to all the guests.
Recently when in attendance at the World War I Memorial Dedication at The Beal School Jim Heald ran into residents Jenny & Seamus Shanley. When they asked their kids, Rory (5) and Maeve (3) where Mr. Heald lives they immediately smiled and proclaimed ‘where Santa comes to visit.’ It brought smiles to Jim, Jenny & Seamus’ faces. Jenny Shanley added, ‘The Sumner House is has become a home and landmark in town where people of all ages gather at various times to celebrate life. Obviously, when Santa comes in all his glory it’s a magical time of the year at the house. But we’ve also come to know it’s where families gather to celebrate the lives of their loved ones. It’s a really special home.”
Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors is uniquely positioned as a Life Celebration Home. Partners Jim Heald, John Heald and David Chiampa, open the Sumner House to the residents of Shrewsbury and beyond many times throughout the year for community functions and tours. It has become a place where people gather in life’s challenging times of loss and sadness, but also serves as a hub of joy, excitement and exploration for community oriented events.
As long-time residents of Shrewsbury, the Heald & Chiampa partners are committed to giving back to the community where they live and serve area families. As members of this vibrant community, we take great pride in giving back all year long and sharing this rich treasure of a house in Shrewsbury Center.”
In addition to the visit of Santa, Andy’s Attic, along with the Shrewsbury High School National Honor Society will be holding a winter coat drive to benefit teenagers and their families in Shrewsbury and surrounding communities. All sizes are much appreciated.
Any questions please call Jim Heald 508.842.3700or email firstname.lastname@example.org