Kiwanis club offers breakfast with Santa

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Sure, sitting on Santa's knee is great, but it is a little known fact that the best way to the jolly old elf's heart is right though his stomach.

With this in mind, the Ironton area Kiwanis Club will host its third annual Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

For $5, visitors will get to partake in a stack of flapjacks, sausage and drinks all while waiting for Saint Nick's arrival.

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Of course, it wouldn't be much of a Breakfast with Santa without a visit from the big guy himself. Santa will be on hand to take Christmas wishes and even pose for free pictures with children, which will be printed out on-site.

Visitors will also be able to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a blue topaz necklace donated by one of the Kiwanis members.

Proceeds from that raffle (and some from the breakfast) will be directed to 14-year-old Jerimy Fields, a Lawrence Countian currently being treated for brain cancer.

Of course, Jerimy is just one of many children that are aided by the efforts of the Kiwanis Club.

&#8220The Kiwanis' focus is always on children,” Ironton area Kiwanis president Bette Backus said. &#8220We give a scholarship every year to a high school senior in the county. We routinely give money to the health department for the health department to buy diapers and formula for mothers. We also give hygiene kits to all the local schools.”

This is the third year of the Breakfast with Santa, which has been held in the city center previously. This year, the breakfast will take place in the former American Electric Power building on Third Street.

There have not been huge crowds in the past years, but Backus said that those who have attended have left happy Š not to mention full.

&#8220We've never had an overwhelming response, but the people who have come have enjoyed it, even though we haven't had big crowds,” Backus said.

This year, Backus is counting on some great chow to help bring the people in.

&#8220The food will be great this year. We're going to be making them ourselves,” Backus said. &#8220Also, we've been taste testing sausages at the Kiwanis Club meetings. It's going to be a very good breakfast.”