ARCNWS-12-03-20 TRINITY

Last year, Santa took time out of his busy holiday schedule to make a stop in Trinity. Santa has returned this year and those who attend tonight’s Christmas in Trinity can see St. Nick at the drive-thru event.

TRINITY — In the midst of a year that has forced countless traditions to be cancelled, the city of Trinity will observe its holiday get-together tonight in a slightly modified fashion.

Considering the current COVID-19 safety measures and out of concern for the health of its residents, a drive-thru edition of Christmas in Trinity will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Jesse Hill Municipal Building, 5978 NC Hwy. 62. Parents of children in Trinity are invited to drive to city hall so that their kids can ride by to see Santa and his helpers and receive a complimentary treat bag, as well as a gift certificate for a hot dog meal to be redeemed at BBQ Joes in Trinity. The Friends of Trinity and city officials say they hope normal holiday traditions can resume in 2021, but until the pandemic no longer rages, residents and leaders will make the most of a difficult situation.

“We’ll play Christmas carols with the tree lit,” said Annette deRuyter, Trinity city clerk. “The kids can stay in their cars, ride through, get their treat bag and see Santa.”

City staff also provided updates at the most recent meeting of city council on their findings in conversation with guidance counselors at the city’s high schools, middle school, Braxton Craven and elementary schools in their attempt to determine how to distribute CARES Act funding. The city clerk said she had discussed the needs of each of the schools and determined the greatest source of concern right now was with restocking the schools’ food pantries.

Additionally, guidance counselors reported that a total of 45 students necessitated individual assistance from the schools to obtain crucial items like food and school supplies. Council provided staff with approval by way of consensus to provide funding to the schools.

This comes following the disbursement of funding to municipalities throughout the state in which staff members were charged with preparing a proposal for distribution of federal funding through the CARES Act. Preliminary drafts were submitted to the county governments, which were responsible for distributing money allocated by the CARES Act to local municipalities.

Agreements with each municipality were required due to a “clawback provision,” which would allow the money to be retracted if used for something that doesn’t meet requirements. Money must be spent by Dec. 31.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at dkennedy@atnonline.net.