Have breakfast with Santa on Saturday

  • Community members lent a helping hand to Jolly Old St. Nicholas during "Breakfast With Santa" in a prior year. Front row, from left, Lindsay Woodbury, Santa Claus, and Klara Wheeler. Second row, from left, Donna Reynolds, Bridget Sullivan, Sue Herk, Megan Kelton, Kelli Lundgren, Kaila Patria, Khloe Wheeler, and Mechele Advic. Third row, from left Ethan, Vicky and Emily Gyster, Karen Perkins, Markus, Craig Lundgren, Katrina Wheeler, Carol Hatch, and Shelly Hatch. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/11/2019 7:54:42 PM
Modified: 12/11/2019 7:54:34 PM

ORANGE – The man in the red suit and his helpers will be spreading the spirit of the holiday season by hosting “Breakfast With Santa” at the Ralph C. Mahar High School on Dec. 14.

The breakfast will take place 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausages, doughnut holes, juice, coffee and hot chocolate on the menu, along with craft and raffle tables and Christmas music. Santa will be available to pose for pictures.

The cost for the breakfast is $6 for adults, $3 for children, and children under 3 are free.

“We’re going all out this year with decorations,” including a train set made of wooden crates, according to Breakfast With Santa board member Ken Reynolds. Goody bags will be given out.

In its seventh year, proceeds from Breakfast With Santa are divided between the Orange and Athol Santa Funds. Reynolds said the amount of money raised fluctuates each year, and two or three years ago, about $800 was raised for each fund.

Breakfast With Santa was the idea of Reynolds and his daughter Kristina Soderman, and a committee was formed with Ken, Kristina, Donna Reynolds, Craig Lundgren, and Kelli Lundgren. “We started meeting at Herrick’s Tavern to try to get stuff together,” Reynolds said. “There were a lot of kinks to work out and people wanted to help out.”

Current Breakfast with Santa board members include Ken and Donna Reynolds, Gloria Cruz, Katrina Wheeler, Klara Wheeler, Mechele Avdic, Shelly Hatch, Carol Hatch, and John Baldasare.

The event was previously held at the Athol-Orange Elks Club and was moved to the school last year after the club closed.

“Mahar is happy to have us, free of charge,” Reynolds said. The school janitor also donates his time.

The Pioneer Junior Women’s Club in Orange will return as one of several local sponsors to help out with the breakfast. The Pioneer Junior Women’s Club is a community organization that is part of a general federation of women’s clubs, said member Karen Perkins, who is also on the Breakfast with Santa board.

Among its fundraising projects are the Orange Police Department K-9 fund and continuing education scholarships for Orange firefighters. The group has also distributed toys to young fire victims.

The Orange Lions Club sponsors the event and the insurance for it. Other sponsors are Gleason Motors and Dunkin’ Donuts of Athol, and in the past, Witty’s Funeral Home. Reynolds said Starbucks has been on board since it’s been in business at North Quabbin Commons, providing coffee and hot chocolate.

For more information about Breakfast With Santa, call Ken Reynolds at 978-544-3042.

A source close to Santa said Mr. Claus will be debuting a new white coat made by Mrs. Claus who will be helping her husband out during the Midnight Madness shopping event on Dec. 14.


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