The Boyertown Area Historical Society celebrated the New Year with its annual New Year’s Eve Bear Drop. Despite the rain, a crowd gathered behind the Historical Society building saw the bear fall at 6:00 pm, midnight German time.
In the second year, children decorated candy bags filled with treats and hand sanitizer to thank first responders. Care packages and thank you cards are sent to firefighters, police and paramedics.
Carolina Hansley, 5, added a Hershey ‘hug’ to her first responder goodie bag. Her family knows firefighters very well, so Carolina decided to decorate a firefighter’s bag.
Boyertown Mayor Lori Kearns said while helping children create first responder care packages, “We want to make sure they get[Hershey’s]hugs.
There were 65 bags, but one child was so excited that he was afraid he would miss the bear drop, so he took the bag and went outside. .
The first year, we had the children write their New Year’s wishes on ornaments that adorn the Boyertown Area Historical Society tree. Some wishes included going to the beach and carnival, another wish for 1,000 cats, and going to an eagles game.Gabe Lubrano, 9, of Bechtelsville, said she wanted to go to a car I requested his popcorn for a PlayStation pizza.
Kids were also able to build their own noise maker.
Year two, the Boyertown Fire Rescue Ladder 95 was in hand and lifted the bear before it fell. 8-year-old Benjamin Miller helped his father and other firefighters lift the bear to about 60 feet.
The event ended with firefighters and rescue workers dropping the bears to the sounds of homemade noisemakers blaring on New Year’s Day.