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.

The Goderich Signal-Star - - News - KATHLEEN SMITH

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.

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