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Local Christmas spirit thrives

Despite closures around the SCV, residents find holiday happenings

Posted: December 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 26, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Terri Hansen of Saugus shares a high-five with Bryan Stubbins as she volunteers in the dining room of the Bridge To Home shelter in Saugus on Tuesday morning.

 

Whether with family, with friends or with volunteering, Santa Clarita residents rang in Christmas with a variety of activities Tuesday.

Volunteers Terri Hansen of Saugus and Liz Fenley of Canyon Country shared food, supplies and smiles with clients at the Bridge to Home shelter Tuesday morning.

Helping and connecting with the local homeless community was an important part of their holiday plans.

“This is where I live. This is where I want to help,” Hansen said.

She shared family photos with an old friend, Bryan Stubbins, who had been out of work for more than five years and has been staying at the shelter.

“It felt very good this morning to see her. It put a smile on my face,” said Stubbins, who has known Hansen for more than 10 years.

Stubbins also had good news for Hansen: he has plans set to return to school to study business management and accounting early next year.

“I take it day by day, one day at a time,” said Stubbins, a former food service worker. “I hold on to that shred of hope, the sign that things are going to get better. That’s why I keep a smile on my face.”

Juanita Benedetti hugged Hansen after she received a scarf from a set of clothes neatly stacked by the Christmas tree.

For others, Christmas day represented an opportunity to earn some extra cash.

Jose Bobadilla, the owner of La Villa Maria Market and Tortilleria in Newhall, said he was open to try and attract new customers.

“Since everywhere else is closed, people might come here,” Bobadilla said.

But working the holiday meant sacrificing some time with his family — a wife and four children.

“If I didn’t have to work, I could be resting right now,” Bobadilla said with a smile.

For David Aldana, the owner of David’s Cafe Inc. in Newhall, working itself is a family affair.

Aldana was open Christmas, working alongside his wife. This is the second year in a row the cafe has been open on Christmas day, Aldana said.

“There are lots of people who are here alone, who might not have family nearby,” Aldana said. “They can come here rather than sit at home by themselves.”

Another popular outside holiday tradition was visible in Valencia, where several dozen people lined up to go to the movies.

Two moviegoers were Demetra Bennett and her son, Harry Bennett III, who is visiting from college.

Demetra Bennett said this is the first time they have gone to see a movie on Christmas, since they usually have family over on the holiday.

Bennett said her husband is out of town for the holiday, which is partly the reason she and her son decided to see “Lincoln” rather than stay at home.

“But after this we’re going to a friend’s house, and then it’s right back to family time,” Bennett said.

Her husband being out of town Tuesday not only means the family is apart on Christmas, Bennett said. It means they also are apart on his birthday, which happens to fall the same day.

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