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PHOTOS: Melwood Hosts Santa and the Miracle on 23rd Street

Santa arrives to 23rd Street in Arlington, November 30, 2018. (Photo by Harry Merritt)

ARLINGTON, VA–On Friday, November 30, Arlington and Crystal City residents and businesses gathered around the “Miracle on 23rd Street” event and cheered with joy when Santa arrived in a fire truck amidst a crowd enjoying treats and refreshments sponsored by Burke & Herbert Bank.

The event was organized and hosted by Melwood, a dynamic nonprofit providing jobs and opportunities for people with differing abilities for over 50 years and counting in the greater Washington, DC area.  For more information, visit

The tree lighting during the 2018 Miracle n 23rd Street. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Christmas was in the air during all of the festivities. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Signage at the event. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Santa (Dave Himes) visits with little Andrea at the 23rd Street festival. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
The band performs at the 23rd Street Miracle. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Plenty of food at the Miracle on 23rd Street. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Burke and Herbert sponsored the Miracle on 23rd Street — pictured are employees Mirza, Barua and Negadi. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Runyon the Parrot, the official mascot for Burke and Herbert Bank, was a big crowd pleaser during the Miracle on 23rd Street. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Sponsor Samsung showed off their Gear Virtual Reality devices during demonstrations at the 23rd Street Christmas event. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
Melwood’s CEO Cari DeSantis welcomes the crowd on the cold evening thanking everyone for coming out and asking them to enjoy the festivities. (Photo by Harry Merritt)
The lighting of the tree was ceremonially assisted by a few of the children . (Photo by Harry Merritt)

Photos by Harry Merritt/The Zebra Press

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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