‘Breakfast With Santa’ Draws Kids Big And Small

Aden Garcia and Santa at Saturday’s Kiwanis ‘Breakfast with Santa’ event. Photo by Karen Kendall

Staff Report

The annual Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa supported this year by Del Norte Credit Union helps Northern New Mexico families in need.

The breakfast and photo with Santa were free, but attendees were asked to bring non-perishable food and/or make a monetary donation.

Two truckloads of donated food collected at the event was given to LA Cares for distribution needy families. The monetary donations collected at the breakfast totalled $1,463, according to Kiwanis Treasurer Cindy Eaton.

All of the donations are used to support an annual Kiwanis Christmas party provided for approximately 130 foster children in Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties and their families.

Any monies remaining after the dinner are used to make Christmas a little merrier for families selected through the New Mexico Child Youth and Families Department by providing holiday grocery baskets assembled by Kiwanis Club members. 

Kiwanian and ‘Breakfast with Santa’ Chair Ann Hayes accepts a check from Del Norte Credit Union Board Member Roger Stutz Friday. Del Norte provided financial support for the annual ‘Breakfast with Santa’ event. Photo by Karen Kendall

Kiwanians, from left, Pat Soran, Cheryl Pongratz, Ann Hayes, Roger Stutz and Lana Schulte helped Santa Friday by decorating the Senior Center in preparation for Saturday’s ‘Breakfast with Santa’ event. Photo by Karen Kendall

From left, Nina, Beatrice, Olivia and Jasmine Odezulu dine on a breakfast of eggs, pancakes and sausage before visiting with Santa at Saturday’s Kiwanis event. Photo by Karen Kendall

Brothers Joshua, Noah and Johnathan Danforth pose with Santa. Photo by Karen Kendall

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