Youth ask Santa for dream gifts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ho, ho, hungry? Youth filled their tummies with pancakes and got to visit with Santa Claus and eat some flapjacks at Dawson-Bryant High School Saturday.

The Coal Grove Betterment Club and the Coal Grove Lion’s Club sponsored the “Breakfast with Santa.”

cafetorium. Youth and their families enjoyed breakfast, entertainment and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus himself.

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“We’ve got a good crowd,” Alvin Boyd of the Lion’s Club said Saturday. “This is our fourth year doing it and it is one of the few ‘Breakfasts with Santa’ that are totally free.”

Boy Scout Troop 103 of Deering helped serve beverages and bussed tables at the event. Boyd said this was the troop’s service project.

The cafeteria was full of people eating, laughing and enjoying the holiday festivities and entertainment.

Performances by Katy Owens, Brad Jenkins, the Dawson-Bryant Elementary School and the Dawson-Bryant High School Marching Band entertained the crowd while they had breakfast and the children waited in line to see Santa.

“I think it is a good cause,” Katy Owens said before she performed. “It is a lot of fun.”

Owens, a freshman at Dawson-Bryant, has performed at the breakfast for three years. She said she thinks it is nice for children who may not get much for Christmas, will at least get a chance to see Santa Claus.

Santa Claus was pulled, as the band played, down the street to the high school on his sled. He greeted everyone, and took his seat to hear Christmas wishes from the children who waited in the long line. He gave each child a treat bag after they told him what they wanted this year.

Five-year-old Daron Dixon asked Santa for games and a Playstation 2.

His cousin, 4-year-old Desiree Williams, came along behind him after sitting on Santa’s lap. Williams said she wished for a doll baby for Christmas. William’s mom said Desiree was not entirely sure about Santa yet, since she was still a little afraid of him.

The youth laughed and smiled as they spent time with their families, most were excited because Christmas is just a short time away.