Ida Grove's Santa and Mrs. Claus helping longtime friend battling brain tumor


    The holiday season is a time for giving back especially with a jolly man in a red suit and a magical environment.

    Since 2016, the Krayenhagen family has made their home a stop for people of all ages to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus but this year it meant so much more.

    "The spirit of Christmas lies in your heart and that is where it all starts," said Earl Krayenhagen, Mr. Claus.

    It's a place like no other, Santa's Parlor. A family oriented environment filled with colored lights, decorations, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

    "When you walk in here we want you to feel like you're actually in a parlor to see Santa," said Stacy Krayenhagen, Mrs. Claus.

    For the past years Earl and Stacy Krayenhagen shared their passion to spread holiday cheer with their 4 seasons room they transformed into the North Pole.

    "We decided to give back this way and Holly was on our list this year," said Earl.

    In October of this year, a friend of the Krayenhagen family, Holly Bengford, had an unexpected seizure when her family discovered she had a golf sized brain tumor.

    "It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced still till this day I will be in tears because I don't want to go through something like that again," said Holly Bengford,

    Two days later Holly underwent a surgery to remove the tumor and that’s when the Krayenhagen family stepped in to help by donating all proceeds of Santa’s Parlor to help with medical expenses.

    "You want to reach out to them because you know what they are going through its tough it’s scary and so it just means a lot for us to be able to give back," said Stacy.

    "There has been so many people reaching out to me even people I don't really know and that means so much. It just really lifts my spirits even though my spirits aren't all that high right now because I'm going through this really tough time," said Bengford.

    With Holly recovering and the help of the community, they can make this Christmas Season a little brighter for her.

    "The overall message is help and be there and give if you can," said Stacy.

    Holly is recovering in her hometown of Odebolt, Iowa. If you would like to donate to Holly's cause, Santa's Parlor will be open every Friday and Saturday evening through December 22nd from 6:30 P.M to 8:30 P.M at 500 Washington St, Ida Grove, Iowa.

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