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Sponsors and volunteers needed for Springfield Christmas Parade to continue

Veterans rode ATVS at the 63rd Annual Springfield Christmas Parade in Springfield, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo by Claire Aubin.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - When people heard that Springfield's annual Christmas Parade was cancelled, it didn't take long for the word to spread.

Many jumped into action, utilized the lengthy reaches of social media, and within a week, secured sponsors for the parade.

Monica Compton, a Founding Organizer for the Springfield Parade, secured Lithia Toyota as an earmark sponsor, and Tonya Blakely, the Event Manager for Oregon Rider's Society, is in talks with the city, as well as Springfield Police.

"We have a lot of continuing support of the community, so we're supposed to hear in the next three days to a week," said Blakely. "But they're going to give us a little bit of leeway on the timing to try and get that deadline cut for the permit."

Until then, there is still a lot to do. One of the main things is letting the public know that the parade is still a possibility.

For now, several hard working people are finding sponsors, getting volunteers and taking phone calls, all to make sure that the Christmas Parade will make it to Main Street this year.

If you want to find out more information on the Springfield Christmas Parade, you can visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/springfieldoregonchristmasparade/, or you can help get the parade back on track by donating to their Go Fund Me page at https://www.gofundme.com/j2aq7-save-springfields-christmas-parade.

Any money left over if the event reaches its goal will go to an organization that benefits children in our community.

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