Breakfast with Santa: A tradition for a new generation
After 23 years of organizing and running the Breakfast with Santa event in Goderich, it is time to pass the torch.
A community tradition of Breakfast with Santa has been running for 23 years by the same group of giving individuals. This year, the tradition continues but under new leadership.
For over 20 years the same smiling Santa has invited children of all ages to his own personal Breakfast with Santa at Knox Presbyterian Church in Goderich.
This year’s event is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 8 and all children, families and individuals are welcome to take part.
A cheery crowd of volunteers make the day a traditional success – from the singing cooks in the kitchen to the helpers in the children’s Craft Room, the kids waiting for a private word with Santa, making their own decorations, and neighbours meeting for coffee and a visit makes this event memorable.
After serving the community for 23 years, the group of volunteers headed by spokesperson Mary Gregg, believe it is time to pass the torch to other eager individuals willing to take on such an event. Over the course of the years, Breakfast with Santa has been a fundraising event for the Huron Women’s Shelter to mark the memory of Goderich resident Sue Munnoch who passed away after her fight with breast cancer. Honouring Sue’s memory was an inspiration for Breakfast with Santa. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Shelter, and her friends have made this a happy Christmas tradition.
Ball, who had volunteered at the breakfast before and taken her children to the event in the past, has gathered with a group of friends to keep the tradition alive. “We’ve all benefitted from this event with our families and now our children are old enough to want to help out and give back with us,” explains Ball.
“It just seemed like a good fit for us and we hope we can continue it in the tradition that has been established.” Tragically, the new team also lost a close friend, Colleen Edwards to ovarian cancer in 2017. The tradition of Breakfast with Santa will honour the lives of Sue Munnoch and Colleen Edwards, seeing proceeds made in their name to the Women’s Shelter.
“We are also excited that the former organizers now get to come and enjoy the event with their grandchildren,” Ball says.
“We are so glad they are passing on their wisdom. Hopefully, except for the faces behind the scenes, nothing has changed.” The new team aims to maintain the same sources of food as the previous team: sausages from Tom O’Brien, syrup from Robinson’s, and eggs from Rob Koostra. Cost per family is $25, or adults for $8 and children for $5. Breakfast is offered from 8am until 11am on Sat. Dec. 8 at Knox Presbyterian Church.
KATHLEEN SMITH/GODERICH SIGNAL STAR
KATHLEEN SMITH/GODERICHSIGNAL STAR A new core group of volunteers will take over for the first time this year with organization and within the kitchen.
The new core team of volunteers taking over the community event Breakfast with Santa. (Back row, L-R): Angela Lawrence, Lisa Blumhagen, Andria Croteau. (Front row, L-R): Kelly Karges and Melanie Ball.