(NEWS CENTER) -- Freeport's annual Sparkle Weekend wrapped up on Sunday. Holiday events kept the town busy, and this morning a Jingle Bell race raised charitable funds festively for the Arthritis Foundation.
Whether an elf of North Pole or one of Santa's little helpers... people of all ages jingled bells for a good cause.
"I think the runners tend to go a little quicker when it's cold like this," says Susan Laliberte.
The term Arthritis covers 100 or more medical conditions which cause painful inflammation of the joints and muscles in the body.
Bill Laliberte was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis years before he was diagnosed.
"One time your knee might swell up for a while, 2 months, and then and elbow and then a shoulder," says Laliberte. "It drives you crazy wondering what it is."
The Laliberte's son Woody raised the most money for the race, for several years, in honor of his Dad.