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No room at the inn: Living nativity tradition could end
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Next weekend’s drive-thru nativity scene that has been a Manteca Christmas tradition since 1990 could be the last time it is staged.

It’s not because Sequoia Heights Baptist Church lacks volunteers or funds. In fact, they’ve put in place an updated story line to provide a fresh approach for this year’s nativity scene that takes place with free admission on Friday, Dec. 10, and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the church parking lot at 1050 S. Union Road.

The problem is lack of storage.

“We had gentlemen (Stan Peerson) who was generous enough to provide us with free warehouse space to store the props and equipment for the past years who is going out of business and moving out of state,” noted Bill Gaines.

Gaines, the retired district executive for Boys Scouts of America, has undertaken an effort to try and secure either an old truck trailer that no one needs or someone who has space in a warehouse they can allow the equipment to be stored or even offer free self-storage space.

“We can leave the stuff out in the rain,” Gaines said.

An old container or truck trailer would work as the church does have property where it can secure such storage.

Gaines can be contacted by calling 471-4257 or 239-6508.