Santa greets kids for break­fast

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­ Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

Santa Claus took some time out from his busy sched­ule on Satur­day to en­joy a sit-down break­fast with Charles County chil­dren at La Plata Town Hall.

The Town of La Plata hosted Break­fast with Santa for fam­i­lies to en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties and a Chick­fil-A break­fast be­fore tak­ing pic­tures with the man in the big red suit.

Colleen Wil­son, the town’s spe­cial events co­or­di­na­tor, said the town planned to have a fam­ily-friendly event where kids can come see Santa and have a good time in a stress-free en­vi­ron­ment.

“It’s a nice at­mos­phere we pro­vide here at a small town event,” Wil­son said. “Dur­ing the busy holi- day sea­son, to have that time with your fam­ily and spend that qual­ity time to­gether while vis­it­ing with Santa is im­por­tant to our lo­cal fam­i­lies. I hope these fam­i­lies leave happy and are in the hol­i­day spirit and with a smile on their face.”

Ac­cord­ing to Wil­son, Chick-fil-A is al­ways a great sup­porter of the event and Texas Road- house sup­plied many of the items that chil­dren took home in goodie bags. The event had help from part­ner­ships and vol­un­teers from LifeStyles Inc. and the La Pla- ta High School Key Club.

“With­out them we couldn’t do this event,” Wil­son said.

She said this year par- ents had to make a reser- va­tion on­line. The town ac­cepted 25 chil­dren per time slot be­tween 8 a.m. and noon, and fam- ily mem­bers could ac- com­pany them. She said reser­va­tions filled fast, but it gave ev­ery kid a chance to have time with Santa with­out be­ing too rushed.

“I’m glad my kids got an op­por­tu­nity to see Santa,” said La Plata res­i­dent Balvin Brown Jr. “The town does a good job of host­ing events for the chil­dren.”

His wife, Monise Brown, said this event is per­fect for fam­i­lies and it gives the chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the hol­i­days and all the joy that it brings.

“My daugh­ter loves to wave to Santa from a dis- tance, but this is my son’s first time meet­ing Santa and he loved ev­ery min- ute of it,” Monise said. “Christ­mas is such a won­der­ful time. They love all the ac­tiv­i­ties that the town hall pro­vides. All of their events are ac­ces­si­ble to where we live. Ev­ery­body in the town loves it and reg­is­tra­tion was easy.”

La Plata res­i­dent Rhys Car­lin, 5, said he told San- ta that he wanted snow out­side and Lego Di­men- sions for Christ­mas.

“I want a big snow pile like we had last year,” Rhys said.

His fa­ther, John-Mi- chael Car­lin, and mother, Gin­ger Car­lin, said the Break­fast with Santa event brings the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“It’s a cheer­ful way to cel­e­brate the hol­i­days,” John-Michael said. “It got us up early. We had Chick-fil-A chicken bis- cuits, cook­ies, grapes and candy canes. It’s al­ways a good ex­pe­ri­ence for the fam­ily. I know Santa is re­ally busy, but he took the time to do this for the kids in La Plata.”

The La Plata High School Key Club vol­un­teered its ser­vices at Break­fast with Santa, pass­ing out break­fast and goodie bags to at­ten­dees. Vol­un­teers Kin­sey Tyler, 17; Taryn Ging, 17; Han­nah Gill, 16; and Alex Gor­don, 17, said they all en­joy par­tic­i­pat­ing in the com­mu­nity ser­vice events, es­pe­cially the ones at the town hall.

“It’s fun to see all of the kids get re­ally ex­cited, some­times it’s re­ally hec­tic,” Tyler said.

Gor­don said he used to come to the Break­fast with Santa event when he was a child and has more of an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the event now that he is older. He said Santa is for ev­ery­one, young and old, and he still has the same love for Santa even now as a teenager.


La Plata res­i­dents Lo­gan Gar­cia, 8, and Kaylee Gar­cia, 5, tell Santa what they want for Christ­mas at the Break­fast with Santa at La Plata town hall.

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