Santa visits City Center for breakfast

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 14, 2002

Santa was making a list and checking it twice at the Ironton City Center Saturday as he made one final stop before returning to the North Pole to prepare for his Christmas Eve trip around the world.

More than 25 children enjoyed Breakfast with Santa, and they all wanted to make sure that he had them on his list.

Jadon Redman, 4, of Burlington said she has been extra good this year and asked for a Barbie, a baby doll and a chalkboard. Redman already understands what the Christmas spirit is truly all about.

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"I will give one present to (her sister) Olyvia and one to me," she said.

Isabella Lambert, 5, of Ironton said she has a calendar at home that they have been using to count down the days. She reminded Santa that she wanted a Easy Bake Oven, a shirt that talks and a Miracle Mood baby doll.

"It does real things just like real babies do," she said.

Lambert said they have their tree ready for Santa's visit and that "our angel almost hit the ceiling."

Most of the children were hoping for a white Christmas and were sure that his reindeer were waiting for Santa on the roof of the City Center.

Megan Fields, 8, would have loved to go check if they would let her and said she only asked Santa for one thing-- a hair wrapping toy.

"I told my Mom a lot of things I wanted," she said. "I just like opening presents and spending time with my family."

In its first year, the breakfast was sponsored by the Ironton Area Kiwanis Club to raise money to help local children enjoy Christmas.

All proceeds will be used to buy toys and food that will be donated to the Ironton City Welfare Mission and to help fund a free diaper program administered through the Lawrence County Health Department.

"Overall it was a great success," Larry Anderson, President of the Kiwanis, said. "I think the kids have loved it. Santa has been great and I think next year will be even more successful."

Anderson said the event would not be possible without the assistance of Mayor Bob Cleary and Roo-Barbs restaurant who provided pancakes and sausages.