Before Santa makes his rounds on Christmas Eve, local first responders are giving kids the chance to share a meal with the jolly old elf.
Back by popular demand, the Cinnaminson Police Association and Burlington County Professional Firefighters will be holding Breakfast with Santa at the Riverton Country Club later this month.
The event was held for the first time last year and was pretty successful, according to Cinnaminson Police Officer Michael Czarzasty, with approximately 350 guests attending. Proceeds benefited victims of Superstorm Sandy.
This year’s event will benefit local families who have recently had a family member suffer a traumatic brain injury.
Czarzasty, who heads up the police department's community policing programs, said the event is another opportunity for first responders to engage with residents.
"It's us trying to expand out (into the community)," he said.
Organizers have tweaked the event just a bit this year to make it better, according to Czarzasty.
First off, they’re holding it later in the month to avoid conflicts with other events, after last year’s breakfast fell on the same day as Cinnaminson Elementary Home and School Association’s Winterfest.
Also, instead of having food donated and brought in, breakfast will be provided by the country club.
And lastly, they’ll be giving away toys donated by Mattel and Walmart.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Kids 4 and under get in free. The price of admission includes breakfast and a picture with Santa (courtesy of Moore Photography).
Czarzasty said more than 400 people are expected to attend. No registration is required. Tickets will be sold at the door.
The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 22, at the country club.For more information, contact Czarzasty at firstname.lastname@example.org.