Jo Russell-Brown (top left) with her grandchildren Ellie and Hudson Russell (left), and Amy Plegge with her daughter, Ella (right) get their picture taken with Santa at the Nov. 24 Webster Groves Holiday Festival. The children, who dubbed themselves the “Santa Ninja Helpers,” collected bags of trash from around Holy Redeemer School as part of a Christmas project. Santa thanked the children for their exemplary display of holiday spirit.