There have been many elves at work since last year, in preparation for Friday Dec. 21 when Santa flew into Mullinville Kansas. Like the real elves at the North Pole, head Elf Linda Kendall, doesn’t remember when or why they started doing this every year. Kendall who has lived in Mullinville since the 50’s said. “I think it started many years ago when the community had a Christmas drawing and after that we just thought the kids needed something “ Kendall along with her daughter Paula Watson starts looking for Christmas gifts as soon as the event is over every year. With donations from various individuals and businesses they search all year long for gifts for every child in Mullinville.
More than 80 kids received gifts this year when, Robert Ellis flew Santa in and landed on the empty lot across the street from the Rec. Center in Mullinville . “I will never get so old that I wont get excited when I see Santa fly in” Hannah Headricks said. Who as long as she can remember says that this has been happening in Mullinville. With his helper Paul Kendall, Santa handed out gifts to each child as parents and family members took pictures. Paula says that this year was one of the smaller years for shopping, normally they shop for more than 100 kids.
This year as Santa flew in kids gathered outside to see him get off the helicopter, many greeted him with hugs and like the pied piper, they followed him into the rec center to get the gifts that Santa’s elves had already delivered for him.
The Pals Through Difficulties, or some might call the PTD Club, Pretty Tough Dames Club, each year help Linda and Paula put the event together.
 “For some kids this is all the Christmas they get” Linda said. “ This is for any kid who has a Mullinville address, or if someone has family coming in, they can donate money or a gift for Santa to give them a something as well.”
When it is to windy to fly in, Santa rides the fire truck, each child receives a large bag of gifts and a brown bag of candy and peanuts.
“There are some years I think, I don’t think I can do this again, but I see the look on the kids faces and that is what makes me keep going,” Linda said.
The Kendalls give special thanks to all those who made a donation to make this day possible, including the PTD club, Scott and Susan Brown, Mullinville Development, Dee and Donna McDonald, Betty Clayton, Boyd and June McFadden, Mullinville State Bank, Lyle and Verda Rader, Rick and Cathy Sherer, Missions for Mullinville, Doris Headrick, Darel and Dorothy Carson, Claxton Mowing, Galen and Sharon McDonald, Nina Leggett and Merchant’s Directory as well as various other anonymous donors. Also a special thanks to David Allison, Ron Harding, Elton Martin, Oscar Ebert and Ron Clayton for their past years of service.