Supplementary Assistance to the Handicapped (SATH) will welcome the return of old Saint Nick Saturday Dec. 8 at the Hopewell Center, located at 5350 W. New Market Rd., about one mile west of New Market.
The annual Breakfast with Santa is for both adults and children, with a buffet-style meal served from 9-11 a.m. costing $5 for adults and $8 for children.
Linda Allen, SATH’s executive director, told The Times-Gazette that reservations should be made by phone, mail, email or online at the SATH website before Friday, Dec. 7.
“The kids can get their picture taken with Santa, which is included in their reservation cost,” she said. “And they can make decorations and crafts with Santa’s elves, decorate Christmas cookies with Mrs. Claus, and their parents can get a jump start on their shopping at the Santa Sale.”
The breakfast menu includes pancakes, sausage links and scrambled eggs, cereal, donuts, fresh fruit, milk, juice and coffee, and a last minute addition of homemade biscuits and gravy, courtesy of chef Brett Hayes of Caleb Hill Concessions.
“We have older folks that will eat breakfast with us and they don’t have any children,” she said. “They just want to watch the kids have a good time and after they’ve eaten, they’ll go around to the different areas where kids are doing things because they’re empty nesters or their grandchildren live far away.”
She emphasized that even though her organization specializes in helping disabled and special needs children, this visit from Kris Kringle is for all children of all ages.
“All children can attend the event, whether they have special needs or not,” she said. “Santa can communicate with all the children, regardless if they depend on a communication device, or they sign or are in a wheelchair. Of course, his elves help out as well, so Santa can have a conversation with those children to see what they’re wanting for Christmas.”
SATH’s Santa breakfast is not so much a fundraiser as it is an outreach for children, she said, adding that her organization plans to continue the event regardless of whether it makes money or not.
“It’s not about raising money,” she said. “We barely break even on this event and that’s OK, and my board said we will continue to do it because it’s something special for the children at this time of year, whether they have special needs or just want to sit on Santa’s lap.”
As for Santa’s favorite Christmas cookie, she said she has it on good authority that he has a special fondness for sugar cookies that are cut out in the shape of a Christmas tree, with green icing and sprinkles.
Reservations for SATH’s fun-filled breakfast with Santa can be made by contacting Allen at 937-366-6657 daytime or Mary Kamphaus at 937-393-8850 evenings.
Check or money orders for the reservation can be mailed to SATH, 5350 W. New Market Rd., Hillsboro, Ohio 45133 or can be paid at the door on Dec. 8.
Reservations can also be made online with a major credit card at www.kampdovetail.com.
Reach Tim Colliver at 937-402-2571.