The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 24, 2013

Breakfast with Santa helps fund Stanly County Partnership for Children

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer

Sunday, December 22, 2013 — It looks like Santa has done it again.

For the second year in a row Stanly County Partnership for Children was happy to announce that it sold every ticket to its Breakfast with Santa event.

There were 120 seats available for the VIP event and Executive Director Barbara Whitley said they filled up quickly.

“It’s a real hit with both the kids and the parents. Just a great time for them to celebrate Christmas together,” she said.

“And it’s a pretty good deal, too.”

For $10 a ticket, families had seven different stations they could visit, not counting the breakfast itself.

“My favorite was making the reindeer food,” Colby Vullo said.

There was a whole bar of “reindeer food” such as oatmeal and “powdered snow” (a.k.a. flour) for kids to put in special bags.

“The idea is that they spread it on the ground outside on Christmas Eve so Santa’s reindeer will have something to eat, too,” Whitley said.

“The kids love it.”

There were also ornaments to be made, face-painting to be done, stories to read and, of course, the big man himself to meet.

Surrounded by the Christmas trees still decorated for Hospice’s Festival of Trees, Santa greeted kids and took whispered gift requests as professional photographer Angela Krol snapped photos.

“It’s really the perfect setting for it,” Whitley said.

The kids had to literally walk down a red-carpeted aisle surrounded by Christmas trees to get to Santa.

“We really benefitted from Hospice having the trees up,” Whitley said.

“There were so many components of this that came together just right.”

Whitley also added that the exceptional turnout will do more than build Christmas spirit in the here and now. It will enable SCPC to move into the future.

“We’re a nonprofit and the funds from this go a long way to supporting our programs,” Whitley said.

All proceeds for the event go directly to helping the SCPC provide early childhood development resources to the whole community through programs such English as a Second Language and the Early Childhood Resource Center.

“That’s why we’re so thrilled with the turnout,” Whitley said.

“This enables us to do what we do.”

To submit story ideas, contact Shannon Beamon at (704) 982-2121 ext. 24 or at shannon@stanlynews