Santa visits a past Jingle Jamat the Bath Elks Lodge. The music fundraiser helps collect gifts for children in need. Contributed photo

BATH — Santa Claus is coming to Bath Saturday to join in the Jingle Jam, a musical fundraiser to collect gifts and donations for local children in need this holiday season.

The Bath Elks Lodge is hosting its annual event featuring live music and a silent auction. The Jingle Jam starts at 3 p.m. and is open to all ages. There will be children’s activities, and Santa arrives at 4 p.m. The bands begin performing around 4:30 p.m. with Seekins Drive, Andy Johnson and headliner Marshall Nelson Trio.

The kids leave at 6 p.m. and the event continues for adults only until 10 p.m. with food and a full bar.

Charlotte Doyle, president of the Bath Elks, said guests are asked to bring an unwrapped gift to put under the tree or cash donation.

The Jingle Jam raises $7,000 to $10,000 annually to go toward gifts for children. It’s the first year the Elks are holding the fundraiser independent of the Santa Claus Fund Inc. The nonprofit shut down in September after helping families put gifts under the tree for nearly 50 years.

The Elks are now working with the Salvation Army and helping local teens in need, collecting hats, mittens, socks, toiletries and gift cards.

“We plan to continue this long past Christmas,” Doyle said. “Winter is a hard season for anyone to be without.”

The Bath Elks Lodge is located at 9 Lombard St.

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