'Skate with Santa' to Benefit Holly's House

What's better than writing a letter to Santa?
 
Meeting him in person, and taking a picture. Add a hot chocolate bar and lots and lots of ice skates, and you have the makings of a great winter day at Swonder Ice Arena.
 
"On top of that, it benefits a great cause. So it's kind of a, you know, blessing both ways,” said skater Jamie Thompson.
 
"This awareness opportunity for us is a valuable piece of what we do. Because without awareness, no one would know that there's even a place like Holly's House,” said Martha Seal, Development Director at Holly’s House.
 
Holly's House is an advocacy center for children and adults who've suffered sexual abuse.
 
All the proceeds from this year's “Skate with Santa” are going to the center.
 
"It's nice to see the kids here having fun because we know that one in ten of these kids will be abused. It's not just locally, that's a national statistic,” Seal said.
 
And of the one in ten abused, Seal said only one in ten of those cases are reported.
Holly's House’s goal is to bring the first number down and the second one up.
 
The Evansville Thunderbolts even came out to show their support, and Santa thinks it's a pretty good cause too.
 
"Oh, giving to everybody is always important at Christmas, so we me make sure and help everyone we can, and Holly's House is a great place to help all the needy,” Santa said.
 
"You know, this is something where you're making memories, and you know, just hopefully, maybe give some good memories to someone else through this cause,” Thompson said.
 
So whether they were pirouetting, or grabbing the rails, they may not know it, but Sunday at Swonder Ice Arena, a lot of kids helped countless more.
 

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