Santa Claus and his reindeer “Prancer” were the center of attention at Foothills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery center when the jolly ole elf brought the reindeer to the center for a holiday gathering.
Kris Kringle showed off the reindeer the evening of Dec. 10 at the center’s Parliament Drive office. More than 250 people came by to see the reindeer and have pictures made. The event also was a toy drive for Manna from Heaven ministries.
“We saw lots of kids and got lots of gifts for Manna from Heaven,” Dr. Dwayne Gross said.
Gross said this is the third year he and his son, Dr. Kevin Gross, have sponsored the event. “It has been well received with lots of parents bringing kids to see Santa Claus and the reindeer and take pictures,” Dwayne Gross said. “It’s a community event we like to do. Reindeer are animals you don’t see often around here.”
Dwayne said a gentleman they know travels around the Southeast renting out the reindeer for events.
“I would estimate about 200 to 300 people came. We had a little more the first year. Last year the weather was bad, and we still had 300,” he said. “This year it seemed like the crowd was off a little bit, maybe because of the cold.”
Dwayne said he, his son and their staff enjoy the holiday event. “It is a lot of fun, and all the employees participate in it,” he said. “Everybody gets involved with helping, and they bring their own kids and families as well as others in the community who come.”
Foothills Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery specializes in any type of oral surgery, from the removal of carious teeth to wisdom teeth. “We fix broken jaws and do TMJ and implant surgery,” Dwayne Gross said. “My son and I have been in practice as Foothills Oral Surgery for about three and a half years. I’ve been in the community since 1993, since I retired from the military.”
Dwayne Gross said they hope to continue bringing in the reindeer and Santa Claus each Christmas. “It depends on the economy and the support we get from it. If people enjoy coming, we will continue. We have had a few people who have said they have been here all three years,” he said. “When people tell you they enjoy it, it makes it all worth while.”